There are four core kits – Pre-K-Grade 3; Grades 4-6; Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12. In each one, there are easy-to-use lesson plans that include educational objectives and engaging hands-on activities designed to promote academic success, cooperation, social responsibility, resiliency, and compassion. Each lesson has a dual focus on children and shelter animals. The lessons may be used with all children, and are especially effective with children with special needs. They may be used in pre-schools and child care centers, in schools, afterschool programs, and behavioral health facilities. Educators use the Curriculum both as a universally applicable prevention approach as well as an intervention with children with behavioral and developmental disorders.
The Curriculum is highly versatile: it is used on its own at weekly 30-40-minute sessions in mainstream classrooms or in small group sessions. It may be incorporated into the instructional day, or included as part of character education, health education, or other programs.