Six-District Study Report Summary: Child Development Project

Starting in the early 1980s, working with elementary schools in an expanding set of school districts across the country, we created the Child Development Project (CDP)—a research-based, multi-faceted school-change program focused on creating caring, supportive learning environments that foster students’ sense of belonging and connection to school. The CDP program incorporated cooperative learning approaches, classroom and schoolwide community-building activities, engaging curriculum, and an emphasis on literacy development. Rigorous evaluations showed CDP to be effective at fostering students’ academic, ethical, social, and emotional development—findings which brought CDP significant national recognition. Read a summary of this report here.