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What children learn early in their lives often forms lifelong habits and attitudes. Use the information in this section to help your young students get a mentally healthy start on positive learning. You will find research-based lesson plans, classroom activities, and links to additional resources on such diverse topics as early literacy and helping children cope with a deployed military parent. SAMHSA has designed these tools to help educators build a bridge between school and home and to help their students succeed.

  1. Lesson Plans discuss topics that affect student learning and provide procedures, classroom materials lists, links, and other resources for classroom activities.
  2. Power Point Presentation Training Tool: This PowerPoint presentation is a training tool for parents, educators, school administrators, and/or health educators to showcase Building Blocks as an evidence-based initiative and to promote the value of early childhood substance abuse prevention.

You can access, download, and print the materials in this section to use within your class and to distribute throughout your community. All of the materials are in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). For more information, see our Digital Rights information page.

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Updated on 5/21/2014