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Why Whole Child?

Coordinating a campus around a Whole Child approach to wellness provides a foundation upon which all physical and mental well-being programs and initiatives can thrive. It is well-documented that healthy kids are better learners and social & emotional skills and competencies lead to better academic and life outcomes.

Programs that address Whole Child components are proven to have a significant impact on physical fitness and dietary intake, as well as Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) outcomes like self-perception, self-awareness, and empathy. The most successful programs use forms of active learning based on movement and participation.

The Guided Journey

The Whole Child Guided Journey is CATCH’s most comprehensive hands-on training and implementation support package. At the end of the Journey, school wellness leaders and teams will have knowledge, skills, confidence, ability and resources to effectively lead coordinated whole child programming across the entire school campus using the evidence-based CATCH framework.

Your Whole Child Guided Journey Includes:


  • 4-part training series – scheduled over the course of a school year for school wellness teams
  • CATCH Coordination Kit (cornerstone resource) – your roadmap to get your entire campus involved in building and sustaining a healthy school environment
  • CATCH health curriculum bundle – available schoolwide via
  • CATCH PE physical activity pack – available schoolwide via
  • 5 SEL Anchor Activities – plus option to add SEL Journeys program
  • Ongoing Support from your CATCH Guide – regular check-ins and consultation with a CATCH program manager
  • Culminating Project – document your Whole Child Guided Journey with the CATCH Yearbook Portfolio

See CATCH in action at some of our Whole Child Guided Journey alumni schools!

One Journey, Four Phases

The Whole Child Guided Journey is divided into four phases, spread across the school year (approximate dates shown). Each phase includes a Learning Session and an Action Period. During each Action Period, a CATCH Program Manager will provide check-ins and consultation for the school wellness leader to discuss progress, celebrate successes, and help troubleshoot any problems that may arise.

Scroll down to see what is covered in each phase.

What's Included

The Whole Child Guided Journey costs $5,000 per campus, and includes all of the programming and support outlined below. Districts with high rates of free-and-reduced lunch (>75%) may qualify for funding assistance through the CATCH Promise initiative.

CATCH Whole Child Guided Journey
(1 Year)

Four Guided Journey live virtual trainings at regular intervals throughout the year (5 seats)
Hands-on implementation guidance with dedicated CATCH Master Trainer for your campus
Access to a cohort of fellow teachers going through the Guided Journey

CATCH Whole Child Coordination
(5 Years)

CATCH Whole Child Online Coordination Kit (K-5 or 6-8)
Whole Child Coordination virtual training course (3 seats)
Includes Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) anchoring activities

CATCH Healthy Classroom
(1 Year)

Evidence-based nutrition and wellness curriculum (K-5 or 6-8)
Video lesson library for asynchronous learning
Meaningful Movement & Health in the Classroom virtual training course (2 seats)

(1 Year)

K-8 Physical Education Guidebook
Physical Activity Pack (K-5 or 6-8)
Activity demonstration video library
Virtual PE training course (2 seats to use across any of our PE courses)
Expand Your Journey

Schools are able to customize their Guided Journey, based on their individual needs, by adding one or more of our Whole Child programs. CATCH offers a coordinated one-stop solution for campus wellness, but the Guided Journey provides a foundation for any health and wellness programming or initiatives – even those that aren’t from CATCH!

Make CATCH your one-stop Whole Child solution by adding:

CATCH My Breath

Evidence-based nicotine vaping prevention curriculum for grades 5-12

Learn more
SEL Journeys

Full-year social & emotional learning curriculum (30 lessons/grade) for grades K-12

Learn more
CATCH Healthy Smiles

Evidence-based oral health curriculum for grades K-2

Learn more
Guided Journey Yearbooks

CATCH Yearbook is a digital portfolio of a school’s CATCH implementation over the course of a school year. Schools going through the Whole Child Guided Journey use their yearbook to showcase their work to colleagues, administration, school boards, parents or other stakeholders. A selection of yearbooks from the 2020-2021 school year can be viewed below.

Algonquin Elementary School

Algonac Community Schools

View Yearbook
West Park Elementary School

Chicago Public Schools

View Yearbook
Ring Lardner Middle

Niles Community Schools

View Yearbook
How Do I Get Started?

Fill Out the Interest Form Below

Have a Free Consultation Call with CATCH

Get Admin Buy-In & Support

Form a Campus Wellness Team
Interest Form & Bonus Planning Tool

Once you complete the form below, a specialist from the CATCH team will follow up with customized recommendations to take wellness in your community to the next level!

As a bonus, we will send you our free Whole Child Assets & Needs Inventory tool (note that completing the inventory is optional).

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CATCH Promise

Making Healthy Schools Possible

CATCH Promise is a health equity initiative that uses the Guided Journey to bring Whole Child wellness to school districts across the country where there is:

  1. a substantial public health need,
  2. a lack of resources to implement, and 
  3. district readiness to act.

CATCH Global Foundation commits to help districts with high free or reduced-price lunch rates (>75% FRL) overcome financial barriers to participate in the Guided Journey.

CATCH Promise is not a blank check; it’s an investment and there are terms to be met. But, we’re ready to bring substantial grants for educational programs to districts that are committed to creating healthy change.

Interested in Funding a District or Campus?

Contact our Development Team