About Us

Helping the World Grow Kinder

Since 1979, Committee for Children has advocated for policies to enhance, gathered research to support, and developed educational programs to advance the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning (SEL).

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit best known for our innovative Second Step® family of SEL programs. Combining classroom-based programs with SEL for out-of-school time settings and SEL for adults, Second Step programs help educators take a holistic approach to building supportive communities for every child through social-emotional learning.​

We collaborate with experts in the field to share experiences and champion the cause of educating the whole child, advocating for policies and legislation that place importance on creating safe and supportive learning environments.

Reaching more than 26.9 million children worldwide each year, Committee for Children supports children today so they’ll be able to create a safe and positive society in the future.

Our North Star

To positively transform the social-emotional well–being of 100 million children annually by 2030

Our Vision

Safe children thriving in a just and peaceful world

Our Mission

To foster the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development

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About the Land We’re On

We believe it is critically important to acknowledge and honor the histories, cultures, and lands of the communities we serve, including our Seattle Indigenous communities.

We are on Indigenous land.

Committee for Children’s Seattle office sits on the unceded traditional homelands of the Coast Salish peoples, past and present, specifically the Duwamish Tribe (dxʷdəwʔabš). We pay respect to the Duwamish people and to Duwamish land, honoring their history and recognizing our role in that history.

To learn more about the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish people, and how you can support them, visit duwamishtribe.org.

Our Program Reach

United States and banner that says 50 states
Schools in more than 70 countries.
26.9 million children
Grow Kinder™