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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, 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 01, 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 04, 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).

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Safe Children Thriving in a Peaceful World: The Committee for Children Story

Author: Maurice Elias

Maurice J. Elias, director of Rutgers University’s Social-Emotional Learning Lab and longtime proponent of social-emotional learning and supporter of Committee for Children, describes his thoughts on CFC’s impact on the community at large.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About ESSA: Part 2 of 3

Author: Jon Terry
This post highlights three important areas where the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) can be used to advance social-emotional learning (SEL): school accountability systems, grant programs, and school improvement strategies.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About ESSA: Part 1 of 3

Author: Jon Terry

The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces the outdated No Child Left Behind Act, includes flexible funding that can be used for SEL and prevention programs. However, the flexibility given to each state could put some programs at risk. This first blog post in a series of three explains key provisions in the bill and how it impacts our work.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Talking to Children About Terrorism

Author: Committee for Children

How can parents and those who regularly interact with children best communicate about terrorism and other violent tragedies? Committee for Children, creator of the Second Step social-emotional learning program, has compiled resources to assist with and help navigate these tough conversations.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Restorative Justice Panel Sponsored by CFC at Citizen U Event

Author: Committee for Children
Over 500 people from around the country attended the annual Citizen University held in Seattle March 18–19, 2016. Center stage this year was the question “Who is US?”, focusing on race, identity, and what it means to be American in this century. Presentations covered a wide array of topics, ranging from looking at pop culture, the effects of poverty, and the power of race. Committee for Children sponsored a panel titled “Restorative Justice Now.”
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