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Fun to learn, easy to teach, and research-based

Supported by music and videos, take-home activities, and stories kids relate to, the developmentally appropriate Second Step lessons have helped teachers instill
social-emotional skills in their students for over 20 years. Best of all, the student lessons are easy to teach, right out of the box!

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Early Learning

Your youngest learners will benefit more from preschool and be better prepared for kindergarten with self-regulation and executive-function skills that help them pay attention, remember directions, and control their behavior.
Explore our program for preschool and pre/K


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Students in grades K–5 continue developing their social-emotional skills—including making friends, managing emotions, and solving problems—to set them on the path for social success and academic readiness.
Learn more about SEL for grades K–5


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Middle School

Middle-schoolers are better prepared to navigate adolescence with communication, coping, and decision-making skills that help them make good choices and avoid pitfalls, such as peer pressure, substance abuse, and bullying.
See the grades 6–8 program materials



“Our district has been using the Second Step
program for more than 15 years. We continue to use it because it’s fun, interactive, and easy to use; teachers and students like it; and it’s cost-effective.”

Dr. Kim Gulbrandson, School Psychologist
Milwaukee Public Schools

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