|Brought to you by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental health Services Administration|
|Home About Us Links Get Updates Awards|
These frequently asked questions provide an easy overview of Building Blocks for a Healthy Future. This information also is included in the PowerPoint presentation and notes to help you present the information to workshop participants. Of course, the best way to gain a full understanding of Building Blocks is to go through the kit on your own.
What is Building Blocks for a Healthy Future?
Building Blocks is a program created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). Its goals are to:
Building Blocks provides the developmentally appropriate tools parents and caregivers need to help young children:
Who should use Building Blocks?
Anyone who is involved with children ages 3 to 6—parents, caregivers, teachers, community groups—should use these materials at home, at school, or in community centers. The materials appeal to a broad range of learning styles and cultural norms.
How much does Building Blocks cost and how can I get the materials?
Building Blocks is a Government-funded project and is free to everyone. Check out our Materials page to view, print, or order the Building Blocks materials.
If Building Blocks is aimed at parents and caregivers, how does it work in a classroom situation?
Building Blocks activities are perfect when working with young children individually or in small groups. The activities and suggestions are easily adapted to the classroom. All parts of the kit and specific activities have been correlated to the curriculum framework for Head Start and the National Standards for K–1.
Building Blocks is also an excellent tool to guide paraprofessionals who work with individual students or to help a student’s parent or caregiver reinforce needed skills at home.
What materials does Building Blocks offer?
Please note-to view these materials, you must have Adobe's free Acrobat Reader software. If you do not already have this software installed on your computer, please download it from Adobe's Web site.
What is the research rationale for Building Blocks?
In more than 20 years of research, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has found that the most critical areas for prevention programs are building positive family and peer relationships.
The major precepts of the Building Blocks prevention program relate directly to what NIDA researchers and substance abuse prevention professionals call family-related “protective factors,” situations and conditions that decrease a child’s chances for engaging in drug-related and other risky behaviors.
The Building Blocks Friends are characters specifically developed to appeal to 3- to 6-year-olds. Their physical appearance and their names and characteristics address diversity while stressing inclusiveness.
What is the educational and philosophical foundation for Building Blocks?
Building Blocks is built on six action steps for parents and caregivers.
Next: Get Started
Please note—to view documents in PDF format, you must have Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader software. If you do not already have this software installed on your computer, please download it from Adobe's Web site.
USA.gov | Plain Language | Viewers & Players
Updated on 3/26/2013