The Second Step Program: Are Kindergarteners Climbing towards Social Success?

Megan Byrne, Stevie Miller, Leah A. Nillas

Research output: Faculty Advisor of Undergraduate Research


The Second Step Program, a violence prevention program, teaches students to express their feelings and interact positively with others. According to studies, the Second Step Program can be linked to improvements in student behavior and decreased aggression (Frey, Bobbit Nolen, Van Schoiack Edstrom, Hirschstein, 2005). In kindergarten, children enter a social setting daily where they are expected to interact with others. During this time, many students do not know how to properly behave and interact with others. This makes kindergarten an appropriate level to introduce children to proper social skills and problem solving strategies. The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of the Second Step Program in teaching kindergarteners social interactions and behavior. Kindergarten students were observed in different school environments, and their teachers were interviewed. Research findings will allow teachers and administrators to determine whether the Second Step Program is valuable in teaching children social interactions and appropriate behavior.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - Apr 2007


  • Second Step Program
  • social interactions
  • kindergarten


  • Education
  • Pre-Elementary, Early Childhood, Kindergarten Teacher Education

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