Act (Adults and Children Together Against Violence)

The ACT (Adults and Children Together) Against Violence program is a violence prevention project that focuses on adults who raise, care for, and teach children who are ages 0-8. ACT prevents violence by providing young children with positive role models and environments that teach nonviolent problem solving. The ACT initiative trains parents, teachers, and caregivers of young children to prevent violence through better understanding of child development, anger management, social problem-solving, and violence and media.

The project includes a national media campaign and training for community professionals (train-the-trainer programs) that were developed by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and the Center for Families at Purdue have joined forces with the APA, NAEYC, and numerous state agencies in the ACT Against Violence program with the common goal of preventing violence in the lives of young children. They have launched train-the-trainer programs in Indiana, and more than 50 people have been certified as ACT community facilitators so far.

ACT continues to certify new facilitators and also provides ongoing support for those already trained.