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Children in Japan laugh at Puppy and Snail puppets
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International Partners

Steg for Steg. Ikinci Adim. Sekando Suteppu. Antras Zingsnis. From Norway to Turkey, Japan to Lithuania, the Second Step program is improving the lives of children around the globe, thanks to our dedicated team of international partners. Each of our partners comes to us with the commitment to translate and adapt the Second Step program. They must first pilot the program, using a translated and culturally adapted version. Then, after making informed improvements, they begin to produce and distribute the program to schools and provide training to school staff. Many of our partner organizations include on their staff renowned psychologists and child advocates. We are honored by their commitment to social-emotional learning and our collective mission to make the world a safer place for children everywhere. See Map View

Global Reach
Global CommunityIt’s not uncommon for one of our stellar customer service representatives in Seattle to get a phone call from someone in Mauritius or St. Lucia or Ecuador. Schools, individuals, organizations, and government departments around the world call us regularly to learn about our programs. Many have implemented the program in their English-speaking and bilingual schools. Our global reach keeps growing. Here are just some of the stories.

Bulgaria | National Education Center

Currently developing a Bulgarian adaptation of our Early Learning program for a pilot study, NEC is known as a provider of teacher training, as well as organizational and business professional training and summer camps for kids.

Since 2013 

Chile | Paso Adelante

Started by a psychologist, Meeduco has brought the Paso Adelante program to private and public schools from the northern stretches of Chile to its southern edges. The organization has collaborated with education technology companies and provides a robust selection of social-emotional training for both adults and children throughout the country.

Since 2007 • Website: MEEDUCO

Denmark | Trin for Trin

Not only does the Danish Ministry of Education support the Trin for Trin program, so does the King of Denmark. Originally brought to Denmark by a group of psychologists, Denmark’s adaptation of the Second Step program is used in over 85 percent of the country’s elementary and middle schools. Special-Paedagogisk Forlag (SPF) produces and distributes the Second Step materials for all our Scandinavian partners.

Since 1999 • Website: Special-Paedagogisk Forlag (SPF)

Estonia | Samm-sammult

The nonprofit organization Ühing Kuldvõtmeke is bringing the Early Learning and Kindergarten Second Step programs to schools throughout Estonia. Having completed a pilot study of these two levels in 2013, Ühing Kuldvõtmeke looks forward to further development of the Samm-sammult program for all grade levels.

Since 2013 

Finland | Askeleittain

School psychologist Arja Sigfrids has brought the Finnish adaptation of the program to some 75 percent of Finnish elementary schools. Sigfrids’ organization, Oy Akat, also provides teacher training and reference materials on classroom management and school psychology topics.

Since 2007 • Website: OY AKAT Consulting

Germany | Faustlos

Heidelberg Prevention Center, directed by Dr. Andreas Schick and Axel Dewald, is a well-known nonprofit organization providing a series of psychology-related programs and trainings. Their adaptation of the Second Step program, Faustlos, covers grades Pre/K through middle school and is published by Hogrefe Verlag. A research paper published in 2008 indicated that the Faustlos program reduced aggressive behavior in boys.

Since 2002 • Website: Heidelberg Prevention Center

Greenland | Tulleriit

Every public elementary school in the country has implemented the Second Step program, thanks to an agreement reached between Committee for Children and Greenland’s Ministry of Education.

Since 2006 • Website: Inerisaavik and Pilarsuiffik

Japan | Sekando Suteppu

Dr. Shun-ichi Watanabe founded Committee for Children-Japan with the intention of bringing more awareness of social-emotional learning to Japan through the Second Step program. This organization has built a comprehensive training program that spans the country and continuously advocates for social-emotional learning throughout Japan.

Since 2001 • Website: Committee for Children Japan

Kurdistan | Hengaw be Hengaw

Developing and managing education programs that benefit Kurdistan’s children is KOMAK’s mission. Under the management of Mr. Karwan Aref, the organization has implemented the Kurdish Second Step program in six local schools and hopes to find the funds to bring the program to more schools.

Since 2009 • Website: KOMAK

Lithuania | Antras Zingsnis

The Children Support Centre not only provides psychological services to children and families, they also manage the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Lithuania. Psychologist Zyrdre Arlauskaite and director Ausra Kurienne have implemented the adaptation of the Second Step program in a number of schools throughout the country. In 2007, President Adamkus endorsed the program, recognizing its positive impact, especially on those students with the lowest level of social-emotional skills.

Since 2005 • Website: Children Support Centre

Norway | Steg for Steg

Our first international Second Step partner, Prososial has played a key role in not only building awareness of social-emotional learning throughout northern Europe, but also promoting the Second Step program. Both the King of Norway and the Ministry of Education have endorsed the Steg for Steg program, which is taught in almost 70 percent of all elementary schools in the country. SPF now produces and distributes the program, while Prososial continues to adapt new editions, provide comprehensive training programs, and advocate for SEL throughout Norway.

Since 1998 • Website: Prososial

Philippines | Pansariling Kaligtasan Para Sa Mga Bat

CTPCSA’s program is an adaptation of Committee for Children’s first program, Talking About Touching. After years of CPTCSA lobbying, the national government mandated that schools teach sexual abuse prevention. CPTCSA is also now negotiating with the Department of Education to print and distribute their program to all public schools.

Since 1997 • Website: Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse

Slovakia | Druhy Krok

The nonprofit organization Profkreatis also provides child psychology services and runs a school for children with behavior issues. In 2014, they are conducting SEL training and providing Druhy Krok programs to over 40 schools throughout the country.

Since 2009 • Website: PROFKREATIS

Sweden | StegVis

Renowned psychologists Bjorn Gíslason and Lars Löwenborg added to their child and family psychology group the adaptation of the Second Step program for Sweden’s schools. They note that the program “works for Swedish children. [Teachers] are coaching pupils to think about how to solve problems, when earlier they had been solving the problems for kids.” As in Denmark and Norway, this organization’s program is now produced and distributed by SPF, while Gíslason and Löwenborg continue to focus on their highly regarded social-emotional training programs and advocacy work.

Since 2003 • Website: Gíslason & Löwenborg

Turkey | Ikinci Adim

A child and family psychology services company, SES is highly involved in building awareness of social-emotional learning in Turkey. Along with providing schools in Turkey with a culturally appropriate version of the Second Step program, SES provides comprehensive training programs not only for educators in Turkey, but also for other international partners in the region.

Since 2011 • Website: Sosyal Beceri Eğitimi ve Danişmanlik Ltd. Ştiketi (SES)

Global Stories


Australia includes social-emotional learning in its national curriculum standard Personal and Social Capability, which is based on the CASEL framework. So interest in our programs, based on the same framework, is growing fast. A government mental health and wellbeing initiative, KidsMatter, works with schools to implement social-emotional learning programs and lists the Second Step program as one of the most comprehensive programs available. We are excited to be working with Australian educators to bring our Second Step program to more schools. Find out what we are doing to fulfill Austrailia's learning goals.



Six hundred and counting. From Nova Scotia to British Columbia, schools, preschools, entire school districts, and organizations have been using our programs with great success. We are proud to provide our programs to our Canadian colleagues.


International Schools

From Bangkok to Barcelona, international schools around the globe continue to teach our programs. Now with online training, the Second Step program is all the easier for schools anywhere in the world to use successfully. We love hearing about all of the good the program is doing in so many different countries.


Association of American Schools in South America

Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Brazil: the list goes on. American and international schools in many South American countries have been using the Second Step program as the preferred curriculum to build students’ social-emotional competencies and improve school culture.



For more than 10 years, dozens of schools in Mexico have been using the Second Step program, and our presence in this country continues to build.



Singapore’s Ministry of Education includes in its framework a program of “social and emotional competencies” and the Second Step program is right there, providing a comprehensive program for many schools.


St. Lucia

When the Ministry of Education in this Caribbean nation ordered our programs, we all wanted to hand-deliver the kits! We are looking forward to hearing more about the program’s success in St. Lucia.


South Korea

South Korea’s education system recognizes the importance of social-emotional competencies, and more and more schools are using the Second Step program to guide both students and teachers toward this priority.


These stories are just the tip of the iceberg. See below for a list of more countries where our programs promote children’s social and academic success, or check out our map.

Even more global reach

The Bahamas
El Salvador


Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand
Puerto Rico
Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
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