Committee for Children Blog

Two Myths About Child Sexual Abuse: What We Should Know, What We Can Do

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, an
important time to build knowledge and awareness of how to protect children from
abuse. This awareness includes understanding two myths about child sexual abuse
and what we can do to address those myths, to support effective prevention,
identification, and response.… Read More


free activity, social emotional learning, second step

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


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


Understanding and Inspiring a Growth Mindset—4 Ways to Get Started

A new school year is about to begin. As you revisit your goals and plans for the year, imagine cultivating these characteristics in your students:

  • They are equipped to deal with challenges when faced with difficult work.
  • They believe in their capabilities and in their capacity to improve.
  • They seek challenging learning opportunities and view them as opportunities to learn.
  • They thrive on obstacles and rise to the challenge when things get difficult.
  • They believe they have control over their present and future.

It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

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Experience Required: The Key to Early Brain Development

You've
probably heard it a million times: A child's brain needs stimulation to help it
develop. Actually, it’s not that simple. What a young child’s developing brain
really needs is interaction. Although
some brain development is genetic, much of it is influenced by experience and
interactions. The brain needs and
relies on experience. Children learn to process information through
relationships with parents and caregivers, especially in the early years. That's
why watching an educational show is not as enriching or stimulating as one
might think.

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Expand Your Bullying Prevention Toolkit with Social-Emotional Learning

Every year schools and communities across the country unite in their bullying prevention efforts during the month of October for National Bullying Prevention Month. Does this mean that if you focus on bullying prevention for one month you’re done? Not at all! This month is meant to jump-start continued efforts to prevent bullying. And social-emotional learning can make a great addition to the toolkit that helps you do this.

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