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The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Primary Project: Palm Beach (West Palm Beach, Florida)


Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Mental Health & Mental Disorders, Children, Families, Urban

Goal: The goals of this program are to detect school adjustment difficulties, prevent social and emotional problems, and enhance learning skills of children in kindergarten through third grade.

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program: Palm Beach County (Palm Beach County, FL)


Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Social Environment / Children's Social Environment

Goal: Triple P aims to enhance the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents to prevent behavioral, emotional, and developmental problems in children and prevent child maltreatment.

Impact: Triple P increased confidence in parenting ability and reduced the incidence of verified maltreatment among participants in the program.

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY): Palm Beach (Palm Beach County, FL)


Filed under Local, Good Idea, Education / Student Performance K-12, Children, Families, Urban

Goal: HIPPY programs empower parents as primary educators of their children in the home and foster parent involvement in school and community life to maximize the chances of successful early school experiences.

The Open Door / Mentors For Teen Mothers


Filed under Local, Good Idea, Social Environment / Family Structure, Children, Teens, Women, Families, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Urban

Goal: The Open Door strives to support single mothers by educating, encouraging, and matching each participant with her own mentor. Their mission is to mentor teen mothers into independent living, thus breaking generational cycles.

Impact: The Open Door's mentoring program has helped young single mothers complete their education, find employment, and become independent.

Teen Outreach Program: Palm Beach (Boyton Beach, Florida/Palm Beach County, Florida)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health, Teens, Urban

Goal: To enable teens from disadvantaged circumstances to develop healthy behaviors, life skills, and a sense of purpose in order to prevent problem behaviors.