About the Program

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative program in which local law enforcement and local schools join together to educate students about the personal and social consequences of substance abuse and violence.

The D.A.R.E. curricula is designed to be delivered sequentially from grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. First developed in 1983, D.A.R.E. has undergone multiple revisions as research findings increased knowledge of effective substance abuse prevention among school-aged youth. For more information on National D.A.R.E. please visit their website.


Millions of U.S. children in more than 300,000 classrooms in 10,000 communities in all 50 states will benefit from D.A.R.E. this year. D.A.R.E. also benefits millions of children in 43 other countries. Additionally, all Department of Defense Schools worldwide and all U.S. Territories have D.A.R.E. programs in place.


New Curricula

The new Kindergarten through 12 D.A.R.E. curricula lessons focus on:
  • Character Education Protective factors-resiliency
  • Consequential thinking (problem solving and conflict management)
  • Credible presenter
  • Immediate consequences
  • Interactive participatory learning
    • Alternatives
    • Role-modeling
    • Set curriculum and quality training
    • Social resistance skills
    • Violence prevention
  • Normative beliefs
  • Self-management skills
  • Strong "NO USE" message
  • Voluntary commitment

Sequential Curricula

The D.A.R.E. sequential curricula is comprised of the following:
  • Community Education
  • Elementary curriculum
  • High School curriculum
  • Junior High and Middle School curriculum