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Teaching Safety, Kindness and Responsibility to Head Start Children

Positive Behavior Intervention Support or PBIS is a process for creating a safer and more effective school environment. It is an approach designed to enhance the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all its students.

During the 2015-2016 school year, Bradford-Tioga Head Start began to implement a PBIS program within each classroom. The program includes preventative and responsive approaches that may be implemented with all students. Classroom PBIS strategies are important tools to decrease disruptions, increase instructional time, and improve student social behavior. This can be accomplished by teaching behavior and rules just as academic skills are taught.

With the start of the 2016-2017 school year, children attending the Rome AM classroom of Bradford Tioga Head Start (BTHS) are learning all about Positive Behavior Intervention Support by being Head Start Heroes. Through this program they learn about BTHS’s rules for being safe, being kind and being responsible. When the rules are followed, children receive colored stars to acknowledge the positive behavior and to record their progress through the program.

Photo Caption: Rome AM children Drake, Kendal, Rebecca, Aniecia, Jaxon, and Jade give “thumbs up” as a sign of their commitment to the PBIS program in their classroom.