Typical Settings for Al’s Pals

Al’s Pals is primarily implemented in the following settings:

  • preschools
  • child care centers
  • Head Start Classrooms
  • kindergarten classrooms
  • first grade classrooms
  • after-school programs
  • community-based programs
  • faith-based programs

In order for children to receive adequate exposure to Al’s Pals, it is important for these essential components to be maintained: a) a consistent group of children who attend regularly for at least four to six months, b) Wingspan-trained staff who deliver the lessons and work with the children several hours a week, modeling and reinforcing the concepts taught.

In response to frequent requests for a program like Al’s Pals for family child care home settings, Wingspan developed Al’s Caring Pals:  A Social Skills Toolkit for Home Child Care Providers. This program includes training and materials designed specifically for home-based child care.

Innovative Settings and Adaptations

Increasingly, Al’s Pals is being implemented in innovative settings. Wingspan works closely with partners to formulate implementation plans for innovative settings and to help construct adaptations that maintain the essential components for program effectiveness. Some examples include:

  • residential substance abuse treatment centers for women, with on-site child care
  • special education classrooms
  • family child care homes
  • transitional housing shelters
  • therapeutic treatment centers for children who have been abused and neglected

Contact an Outreach Specialist to discuss adapting Al’s Pals for implementation in an innovative setting.

Culturally Diverse Features of Al’s Pals


Wingspan programs are effective with children and families across a broad spectrum of racial, ethnic, economic and geographic backgrounds. Grounded in resilience research applicable to all children and families, and developed intentionally to be inclusive, Wingspan programs reflect diverse perspectives, cultures, and experiences. Evaluation research has shown consistently positive results across children’s ages, gender, geographic and racial/ethnic backgrounds.

Culturally diverse features include:
  • Al’s Pals puppets named Al, Ty, and Keisha, are gold, aqua, and pink.
  • Instructional posters and worksheets have hand-drawn faces that are ethnically generic.
  • Wingspan music styles include pop, reggae, rap and rock.

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  • Names used in curriculum puppet scripts and stories are representative of many communities – Maria, Sam, Antoine.
  • Curriculum photographs include people of varying colors, ages, and sizes, as well as individuals with disabilities. The photo backgrounds relate to varied settings.
  • Parent letters, handouts, posters, Al-a-grams, and certificates are available in English and Spanish.
  • Parent education modules involve very little reading or writing, and are organized for easy translation in delivery to non-English speaking audiences. Handouts and posters are available in English and Spanish.


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