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NOTE: as of April 17, 2007, the Free to Grow program has closed.
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Pilot Phase Evaluation - Final Report

The final report from Mathematica presents findings from the evaluation of the Free To Grow pilot program. The focus is on five grantees and how they implemented this substance abuse prevention initiative designed to strengthen low-income families and communities. The grantees were in Compton, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Owensboro, Kentucky; New York, New York; and Canovanas, Puerto Rico. These grantees developed, tested, and implemented their models with training and technical assistance from the Free To Grow National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

The evaluation concluded that implementing substance abuse prevention strategies in partnership with Head Start is feasible and can add value to the Head Start program. It also suggested that the Free To Grow program may be appropriate and attractive to other communities facing similar challenges. Participants in Free To Grow felt that it brought about important family and community changes.


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Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.