Zippy’s Friends: Classroom-based Mental Health Promotion Curriculum
What is Zippy’s Friends?
Zippy’s Friends is a school-based mental health promotion curriculum for kindergarten and first grade children. The curriculum is built around a set of stories involving “Zippy”, a stick insect, and his friends. There are 6 modules separated into 24 sessions, covering topics such as feelings, conflict resolution, friendships and coping. The program is designed for use with all children in typical school settings, as part of efforts to promote social and emotional health in the classroom.
Where is Zippy’s Friends?
Zippy’s Friends was developed by the Partnership for Children in the United Kingdom (www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk) and is currently operating in over 32 countries. Montclair State University is the sole licensed provider of Zippy’s Friends in the United States. In New Jersey, Zippy’s Friends is being taught by approximately 120 educators to approximately 7000 children. It is endorsed by the World Health Organization and included in the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry for Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).