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in Childhood Education


REdS Independent Research of the Yello Dyno Curricula
This research meets the requirements for state and federal funding. This research adheres to the strict protocol that has been established for the study of curricula that meets the research/scientifically based requirements of the U.S. Department of Education.

Now in the fifth year of research, The Yello Dyno Child Protection Program™ is grounded in scientifically based research, which provides evidence that the program will help protect children from child predators as well as reduce violence and illegal drug use.  Incidences of child abuse, drug abuse, peer pressure, Internet safety, sexual abuse, and violent kids are handled in a safer manner by students and reported to responsible adults. Conflict resolution is accomplished when children learn how to recognize and step out of dangerous situations. Children apply the  “Tricky People” concept to behavior that is dishonest or dangerous to their safety.  The Yello Dyno safety skills become a natural foundation for avoiding high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, prescription medicines, etc.), which are introduced and encouraged by peers. The results of the 2006 –2007 study reinforce the findings reported.

Self-Efficacy: The value of prevention education is difficult to qualify. The question is always one of self-efficacy: will a child, particularly a young child, be able to apply the knowledge in real life situations. Schools have acknowledged that students come forward with disclosures of “Tricky People” on a regular basis.

Adverse Effects: There were no adverse effects noted during the delivery of the curriculum. There could be a situation arise where the student could relay a story or situation that he or she have been confronted with. These incidents could cause the student to experience emotional outbreak or stress in reliving these experiences. Instructors are aware of policy that specifies the protocol for handling and reporting such situations. During the course of this investigation no such incidents were noted. Several positive instances, quite dramatic in their nature with children saving their own lives, did occur with students who were involved in the program or had previously been involved in the curriculum.

The research associated with Yello Dyno Child Protection Program reveals the ability of very young students to understand and retain the knowledge gained by the program. This is a significant

2006-2007 Research
In the 2006-2007 Research, Grades K through 5th, both treatment and control groups were found to be homogenous at the start up of the program. In all cases the students in the treatment group far out performed the control group students on post-test results. The results of the treatment group students in grades 1, 2, and 3 display some interaction effects and the ease in which the knowledge is transferred between students. It also displays the potential for long-term outcomes associated with the Yello Dyno Curriculum.

2005-2006 Research
The Yello Dyno Program demonstrated the ability to produce significant positive outcomes related to the children’s recognition of potential danger from child predators and what steps to take to escape those dangerous situations. The program was implemented and evaluated in a population that had a large minority presence. It was found to be effective with all grades and performed especially well in lower grades (K & 1) were the level of exposure had been less.

The Yello Dyno Curriculum was implemented and evaluated during the 2005-2006 school year. The evaluation of the curriculum was conducted in the public schools settings.  The program evaluation involved 8182 children in grades K-3. The Treatment group consisted of 4212 students and the Control group was made up of 3970 students. The sample consisted of 47.9% female. The students were in grades K, 1, 2, and 3. The sample was relatively balanced across grade levels.  The majority of the sample was from Ector County public schools in Odessa, Texas.  There was a small sample included in the study from New York City public schools. The sample size associated with New York was 288 students. The participating schools were assigned by random draw.

2004-2005 Research
2004-2005 80.8% of the students tested demonstrated an increase in knowledge after one cycle of the Yello Dyno Curriculum.

Artists in Schools, Arts in Education
Yello Dyno has offered classroom presentations for the last ten years in 20 school districts in Nassau County, NY.

Nassau County school district evaluations, on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the highest), were mostly 5's, a very high rating, under every criteria.
- Overseen by Ginger R. Baxter, MSW Student
State University of New York at Buffalo

2003-2004 RESEARCH

New York's School Districts
Evaluations of the Yello Dyno classroom presentations in the Sidway and Csd-New York school districts.

Of 160 K-1 students tested, there was an overall
improvement of 13% in personal safety knowledge with just one 30-minute lesson.
Sidway Yello Dyno Safety Test Results

Of 251 K-1 students tested, there was an overall improvement of 16% in personal safety knowledge with just one 30-minute lesson.
Sweet Home Csd-New York • Yello Dyno Safety Test Results - Page 1 Only
Sweet Home Csd-New York • Yello Dyno Safety Test Results - Page 2 Only
- Overseen by Beverly Ann Shipe, District Health Coordinator of Sweet Home Csd-New York


"I am a professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Last spring, one of my classes did a project regarding a bill to mandate abduction education through New Jersey Schools... It was a report advising the Senate Committee working on the...bill that it should be more comprehensive than just abduction and it also had a rating system of all of the programs that my students reviewed. Yello Dyno came in first in every category."
- Patricia Dow, MA, Montclair State University

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Research Links

1. Independent, Evidence-based Research

2. The Power of Music

3. Self-Efficacy

4. Rational Decisions guided by Emotion

5. Humor Plays a Powerful Role In Balancing Negative Emotions, Such As Fear

6. How The Brain Learns Best:
The Bob-and-Weave Lecture

7. The Importance of Play in Learning

8. Children can be attentive and receptive or incapable of learning

9. Statistics

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