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Founded in 1978, Committee for Children is a global nonprofit dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through education and advocacy. We work on the federal, state, and local level to prevent bullying, violence, and child abuse and to encourage teaching social-emotional skills to children and youth. Read on to learn more about our work in advocating for policy changes and improvements to deliver on our mission.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Teacher Health and Wellness: Fostering Student Achievement by Supporting Teachers’ Mental and Physical Well-being

Author: Carol Wood
On June 14, 2017, Committee for Children and the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) held a briefing on teacher health and wellness that was attended by over 30 people from congressional offices, national nonprofits, and academia.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Bully Pulpit

Author: Carol Wood
Fifteen years ago, few states had explicit legislation aimed to reduce bullying. Today every state in the country has adopted policies to minimize bullying. Overall, 28% of students reported victimization in 2005 (when statistics were first collected) while 22% reported being victimized in 2015 (U.S. Department of Education).

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Harvard’s Global Education Innovation Initiative Conference Recap

Author: Committee for Children
As leader of Committee for Children, a global nonprofit that strives to help the world’s children develop vital social-emotional skills through our evidence-based social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum (the Second Step program), I was excited to be invited to Harvard’s Global Education Innovation Initiative Conference (GEII) this past May.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

CFC Sponsors PSBJ 2017 Corporate Citizenship Awards Luncheon

Author: Mackenzie Wallace
On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Committee for Children had the privilege of being a Gold Sponsor at the Puget Sound Business Journal’s (PSBJ) 2017 Corporate Citizenship awards luncheon. It was an inspiring and well-attended event at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Social-Emotional Learning

Author: Carol Wood
The field of social-emotional learning (SEL) has made many exciting strides since Committee for Children introduced its first curriculum in 1989. During April 2017, in particular, a number of reports were published intended to advance the field of SEL.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Annual Advocacy Day - A Success!

Author: Carol Wood
On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Committee for Children held their annual Advocacy Day. In spite of snow, sleet, and rain (no flooding or pestilence, thankfully), CFC took a hearty crowd of 20 people to meet with 34 legislators and/or their staff. We were very lucky to have a number of young people go with us this year as well; they are always the stars of the show!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CFC Presents an SEL Lesson Using Second Step Program for WA State Legislators

Author: Carol Wood
On January 26, Committee for Children presented a mini SEL lesson using their Second Step curriculum for Washington State legislators and their staff.  The lesson helped those attending see that everyone comes to a discussion with different perspectives.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Two Policy Approaches Your State Can Take

Author: Carol Wood
On January 26, 2017, Committee for Children will partner with Representative Tana Senn to bring social-emotional learning (SEL) to the halls of the Washington State Legislature. Using Committee for Children’s Second Step curriculum, an experienced Washington teacher will deliver a demonstration lesson to members of the legislature to show the dramatic impact SEL could have on the lives of Washington’s children.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SEL Builds a Stronger Workforce

Author: Carol Wood
On September 14 Committee for Children and CASEL co-sponsored a Congressional briefing, The Importance of Employability Skills: How and Why Educators Should Teach These Skills. The briefing was supported by the Career and Technical Education Caucus and attended by over 60 people including three members of Congress—Rep. Tim Ryan, D-OH, Rep. Susan Davis, D-CA and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, co-chair of the Caucus.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About ESSA: Part 3 of 3

Author: Jon Terry
Safe, supported, and ready to learn: that’s our vision for children in schools today. Our education advocacy work aims to support this goal, and it’s why we’ve structured Committee for Children’s Second Step Suite around social-emotional learning, bullying prevention, and child protection. Read on to hear from guest blogger Jon Terry how these three pillars relate to elements of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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