Prevention Services


DARE To Be YouRappahannock Area is an award winning family based program that empowers youth, families, and communities.  Through a series of interactive workshops, families will learn about communication, decision making, problem-solving and fostering the skills for future academic success. More Information

HALO: Healthy alternative for Little Ones is a hands-on health education and prevention program for 3-6 year old children. HALO is a 12-week comprehensive curriculum.  Halo is designed to provide information and facilitate skill-building while emphasizing the importance of growing in healthy ways. Through HALO children learn to: Strengthen sense of self, practice communication skills, learn to say “No” to things that harmful, learn to recognize, label and express feelings in appropriate ways, obtain information about the harmful effects of tobacco and drugs, learn safety precautions for medicine, learn importance of good nutrition and physical activity, practice techniques to reduce stress, increase acceptance of cultural diversity.

Healthy Families - Rappahannock Area is an interagency program which provides support to at-risk first-time parents with free home visitations, playgroups, and referrals to other community resources. Their goal is to reduce child maltreatment and increase school readiness. RACSB serves as the fiscal agent. More Information


Media Detective/Media Ready: These are media literacy programs which educates 3rd -5th grade (Media Detective) and 6-8th grade (Media Ready) on how to deconstruct advertisements. The goal of the program is to prevent or delay the onset of underage alcohol and tobacco use by encouraging healthy beliefs and attitudes about abstaining from alcohol and tobacco use and by enhancing the ability to apply critical thinking skills in interpreting media messages, particularly those related to alcohol and tobacco products. The program consists of 10 45-minute lessons based on established models of decision-making and research on the message interpretation process. Contact the prevention program at 540-374-3337 for more information and to schedule this community program for your school, daycare center, youth group or summer camp. 


Program for Teen Parents is a program of school and home-based education and support for pregnant and parenting teenagers in Spotsylvania County. It encourages a healthy pregnancy and positive relationship between parent and child. More Information


Project LINK is an interagency project aimed at helping pregnant and parenting women with risk factors for substance abuse or personal histories of chemical dependency. Its mission is to link consumers to resources that foster their physical, emotional, spiritual, and family well-being. Project LINK uses a supportive, nonpunitive approach to preventing and treating perinatal substance abuse. More Information

Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block teaches children and teens with humor, candor, and sensitivity about important issues using the unique medium of puppetry. RAKOB creates awareness and understanding in out community for people with differences and provides educational information on important health and safety concerns such as bullying, problem solving, and childhood obesity. RACSB serves as the fiscal agent. More Information

Second Step is a classroom-based skills training program for children from Preschool through 8th Grade that teaches social and emotional skills aimed at reducing impulsive or aggressive behavior while increasing social competence and building skills for academic success. Second Step teaches children to identify and understand their own and others’ emotions, to reduce their impulsiveness, to choose positive goals, to begin managing their emotional reactions, and to improve their decision making process even when upset. This program is free and available to interested after-school programs, school classrooms, preschool programs, and day cares.  More Information

Too Good for Drugs is a school-based substance abuse prevention program for youth from Preschool through 8th Grade that teaches these skills: decision making, goal setting, bonding with others, identifying and managing emotions and communicating effectively. Too Good for Drugs is designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among students.  This program is free and available to interested after-school programs, school classrooms, preschool programs, summer camps, and day cares.  More Information




Rappahannock Area Community Service Board  |  600 Jackson Street  |  Fredericksburg, VA 22401  |  (540) 373-3223