Committee for Children Blog

Ring in a Healthier You for the New Year

What’s on the Top of New Year’s Resolution Lists This Year?

I wanted to know, so I interviewed 25 friends and family members about their top two resolutions and this is what I found: almost half of the people I asked have at least one New Year’s resolution about living a healthier and happier life. Some of the resolutions I heard included getting together more with friends, managing stress better, getting organized, living a healthier lifestyle, not getting upset so easily, taking better care of oneself, being happier, and not worrying as much.

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Welcoming a New Neighbor—Activity

Learning how to welcome new people to the neighborhood is fun and easy with this game for preschoolers and their families.

Age 3-5—In this game adapted from the Second Step: Social-Emotional Skills for Early Learning Program, you can help your child practice the skill of welcoming someone new.… Read More


In a Rush? A 30-Minute Overview of the Second Step Programs

Learn how the research-based Second Step Suite can empower students and schools to be successful by teaching social-emotional skills, preventing bullying, and protecting children. Early Learning through Grade 8.… Read More


The Second Step K-5 Suite: Improve Academics, Support Students, and Create a Positive School Climate

Join us to learn how our evidence-based social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum integrates with our Bullying Prevention and Child Protection Units to create the Second Step K-5 Suite. These programs work seamlessly together to improve academics, support students, and create a positive school climate.… Read More


Think Outside the Kit

In addition to the materials included in each kit, we offer engaging tools to help strengthen learning and the application of Second Step skills. Use mindfulness to manage your classroom and boost Second Step skills with Mind Yeti; explore the fundamentals of making friends with ParkPals; infuse Second Step skills schoolwide with unlimited staff training and the Principal Toolkit.… Read More


Second Step Middle School Program: Navigating Adolescence

Middle-schoolers need help navigating the turbulent waters of adolescence, including peer pressure, substance abuse, and online bullying. The evidence-based Second Step program provides age-appropriate lessons to teach kids in Grades 6–8 important skills for success in learning and in life.… Read More


Second Step Early Learning Program: Improved Behavior, Improved Learning

Help your littlest learners harness their potential by teaching them to listen, control their behavior, and get along with others. Students enter kindergarten set up for success with the self-regulation and social-emotional skills taught in the research-based Second Step program.… Read More


Ideas to Boost Student Motivation in 2017

Why do some students stop using their social-emotional learning (SEL) skills after they’ve learned them? The answer to this question has a lot to do with us, the adults, and not just the students. We need to offer ongoing support to students to help them use their SEL skills. Modeling, practice, and positive feedback play a role in this, but if we stop there we miss something important: motivation.

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