Al's Pals™: Kids Making Healthy Choices

Foster resiliency in young children when it’s needed the most.

Al’s Pals™ is an evidence-based, comprehensive social–emotional learning curriculum and professional development program designed to meet the specific needs of preschool children. With both print and digital curriculum resources, Al’s Pals™ helps develop the foundational skills children need for success in school and in life by promoting social–emotional skills such as self-control, problem-solving, and healthy decision-making. Designed for children ages 3–6, Al’s Pals™ includes developmentally appropriate, puppet-based lessons; impactful teaching approaches; and engaging family resources that are available in English and Spanish. Endorsed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning, Al’s Pals™ is based on resiliency frameworks and aligned to Teaching Strategies® objectives for development and learning and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.


  • Teacher Plans
    • 52 lessons that facilitate large-group interactive discussions and problem-solving experiences
    • Puppet Scripts and “Helpful Hints”
    • Alignment with the objectives for development and learning, Intentional Teaching Experiences, Mighty Minutes®, and children’s literature
    • “Including All Children” section, English-language learner support, teacher reflection questions, and much more
  • Classroom Materials
    • 3 puppets
    • 40 diverse photographs representing themes directly related to core lesson concepts
    • 2 classroom posters
    • 2 children’s books
    • 4 Emotion Cards
    • 8 packs of “Al-a-Gram” certificates to recognize prosocial skills
    • Completion certificate

  • Songs and Songbook:
    • 12 songs that reinforce lessons and core concepts (in English and Spanish)
    • Repetitive, clear, easy words for children to use and sing
    • CD with original music that matches the Song Book (in English and Spanish)
  • Family-Facing Content:
    • 8 recognition certificates, 15 family letters, and 1 completion certificate
    • Family-friendly language available in both English and Spanish
  • Family-Facing Content:
    • Access our updated Al’s Pals™ lessons and corresponding classroom and family-facing content within the MyTeaching Strategies® platform.


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