Connect with Kids Research and Methodology


Connect with Kids Education Network has been designated an “Effective Producer” of programs by the U.S. Department of Education and appears on the prestigious U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse List. Research shows that schools using Connect with Kids programs experienced:

  • A decrease in physical and verbal aggressive behaviors among students.
  • A decrease in the likelihood of students using drugs and alcohol.
  • An increase in positive social and emotional behaviors among students.
  • Improved communication among students, teachers and parents.

Connect with Kids video programs profile real kids navigating real issues in a relevant, reality-based format and have produced statistically significant improvement in student behavior.


Refuse, Remove, Reasons drug and alcohol prevention program for high school students is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. The multimedia curriculum was developed by Connect with Kids in partnership with the New York Archdiocese Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program (ADAPP).


Connect with Kids Education Network (CWK) and five school systems in the Kansas City area undertook a large-scale study to measure the impact of the Connect with Kids programs. The 800 participating students and 50 teachers included represented urban, rural and suburban settings from 12 schools, 5 school systems. The study was conducted throughout a full school year and included a control group. The pre and post measures were administered to both students and teachers to determine the extent to which students improved in their classroom behavior from the beginning of the school year to the end. Many students participating in the Connect with Kids program improved over the course of the year while students in comparison classes without the program actually declined in their behavior. The study confirms that through the proper implementation of the Connect with Kids program, student classroom behavior improves significantly in important youth areas. READ MORE


Harvard research scientists from The Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) conducted a nine-month study on the impact of Connect with Kids programs that involved parents, teachers, and students in Fairfax County Public Schools and District of Columbia Charter Schools. The study revealed compelling results. READ MORE


A three-year study at 18 New York City archdiocesan high schools showed that in schools using CWK programs, students were less likely to use drugs and alcohol and more likely to rely on effective strategies for refusing illegal substances. READ MORE


Connect with Kids incorporates the following methodologies to “Educate the Mind and Heart.” Blending non-fiction storytelling, documentary production techniques and research-based instructional strategies, CWK has developed an instructional media technique that engages audiences at an emotional level that compels behavioral change. The techniques are incorporated in every CWK program and research shows they work. The company has been named an Effective Producer of Programs by the U.S. Department of Education.

The See-Feel-Change methodology was developed by John Kotter, author of The Heart of Change and professor at Harvard University. READ MORE

Mutual Aid and Strength in Numbers Mutual Aid recognizes the power of one’s peer group as a vehicle for solving common problems. The peer group provides a forum for trying out new behaviors; giving and receiving feedback; providing positive support; and learning to help and support others through the aid of a trusted adult. There is something special in hearing others articulate similar feelings and experiences. Through Mutual Aid the audience discovers that they are not alone in their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, which is sometimes referred to as the “strength in numbers” phenomenon.

The Medium Reinforces the Message  Through the power of video and technology, students, parents and educators learn at an emotional and intellectual level, which provides a greater opportunity for positive behavior change.