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In summer 2017, CADEkids piloted an out-of-school-time series at Kensington’s McPherson Square Library for students affected by the opioid epidemic. For six weeks, Specialists conducted activities and promoted resilience in children, teaching the effects of drugs and alcohol use, role playing character building scenarios, and providing the students with strategies for handling negative peer pressure. Police Commissioner Richard Ross attended the final session, telling the kids how proud he was proud of them for participating. The commissioner stated that the things the children were coping with are heartbreaking. “It’s unfortunate that young people like this should have to endure conditions like that,” Ross said. 



Our Services


CADEkids' Prevention Specialists provide life-skills instruction and guidance to children who live with harsh realities including drug abuse and violence in their communities. Our classroom-based Specialists help children develop and maintain skills for problem solving, decision-making, communication, refusing substance abuse, and resolving conflict without violence. During the current school year, CADEkids' Specialists are working at approximately 35 Philadelphia public schools (K-8). CADEkids' evidence-based services are delivered in whole classroom with the teacher present, and occasionally in small group settings (as requested by school personnel). 


CADEkids offers parent workshops at each school during the academic year. Please contact the school counselor to help coordinate any workshop and invite parents to participate. 



  • Impulse Control Skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Social Skills Building (decision-making, conflict resolution) 
  • Communication Skills
  • Anger Management 
  • Anti-violence/Anti-bullying
  • Drug Refusal Skills (alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs) 
  • Problem Gambling/Gaming Prevention Education
  • Parent Workshops 




Please note that CADEkids provides classroom-based prevention education services to K-8 students, however we do not provide emergency assistance with gambling, bullying, suicide, and substance abuse related issues. Please contact one of the resources below if you, your child, and/or family member have a specific concern. 

If you need help with Gambling issues please contact: 
1-800-848-1880 or 1-800-Gambler (24/7 confidential helpline).

If you or your child has issues with Addiction please contact:
1-800-662-HELP (4357) -- National Helpline for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

If you or your child is concerned about Suicide please contact: 
1- 800-273-TALK (8255) -- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

If your child or family member has a concern with bullying please reach out to 
Stop Bullying.gov at the following link: 


Contact CADEkids

128 Chestnut Street, Suite 302

Philadelphia, PA 19106


Phone: (215) 925-0643

Fax: (215) 925-3280

Email: lburgess@cadekids.org



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