Growing Our Mission Throughout the World

Global Reach

Since 1979, we have partnered with researchers, nonprofits, educators, and experts in the field, around the globe to share experiences and help expand our mission and vision. It’s our goal that every child has equitable access to social-emotional learning, which can help them thrive in school and life.

While language, technology, and culture vary across the globe, we’re developing materials that are simpler to scale and easier to distribute, helping to expand our reach and improve impact. We support and collaborate with in-market partners to translate, localize, and customize our approach to be in step with their local culture. We’re growing our network of partners with cultural adaptations of Second Step® SEL and continue to expand internationally, with our programs reaching more than 70 countries worldwide.

As a leader in the field of social-emotional learning, we take part in international conferences focused on education policy and collaborate with research organizations to study the viability and efficacy of our programs in individual countries. We continually seek opportunities to increase our reach around the world while working toward our vision: safe children thriving in a peaceful world.

Featured Initiatives

Colombia: New Program, New Initiative

In 2017, we began an initiative with the Marina Orth Foundation. Their mission is to provide a superior, modern education to children who would otherwise be denied this opportunity. The foundation delivers academic support to public schools in some of the most marginalized communities surrounding Medellín, Colombia, and will explore the implementation of social-emotional learning (SEL) with the recent release of our Spanish-language version of Second Step. The idea for this initiative came from foundation volunteer Kathleen Shriver, who explains, “We want to see more motivation, drive, and interest in our students” and “We also want them to feel safe: physically safe, safe to express their emotions, safe to be themselves.” Adriana Quintero, director of operations, also hopes this initiative encourages parent involvement in their children’s education. We are delighted to work with this foundation and its great team of teachers and volunteers.

Brazil: Study Begins with Harvard and Fundação Getulio Vargas

Our Brazil partners are collaborating with Fundação Getulio Vargas and Harvard Graduate School of Education on a large-scale impact evaluation of Programa Compasso, the Brazilian adaptation of the Second Step curriculum. Using a randomized control trial in more than 90 primary schools in Rio de Janeiro, the evaluation objective is to understand the impact of Programa Compasso in terms of improving teacher outcomes, student social-emotional well-being, and student academic performance.

Each year, more schools—both public and private—throughout the country implement the program. Watch the video above to see the impact the program has on teachers and students alike.


Over the past few years, more than 40 public preschools and lower primary schools (grades 1–3) implemented a Spanish version of Second Step in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. A research organization in Mexico studied the impact of the implementation in 10 of those schools. The results? Significant increases in prosocial behavior and decreases in hyperactivity, especially among boys. There is a growing focus on social-emotional learning in Mexico, and so we are delighted to have had this opportunity to elevate awareness through our programs and look forward to more initiatives.

Featured Partners

Australia: Gaining Momentum

From Tasmania to the far north of Queensland to Perth on the west coast, over 30,000 students are now being taught Second Step lessons. One primary school principal notes that the program “has had a major impact on the kids’ learning and behavior—they now have the skills for learning.” The Australian Institute of Family Studies identifies the Second Step curriculum as one of their recommended programs for the Communities for Children Facilitating Partners initiative.

Positive Pieces Education, our partner in Australia, works tirelessly to bring the program to more schools throughout the country, including presentations at conferences in Australia. We love their enthusiasm for the program.

Japan: A Program Beyond Schools

Sekando Suteppu is the Japanese version of Second Step. This CFC-J curriculum finds success in unique settings, with regular implementation in juvenile detention centers and orphanages. The program’s Master Training supports each initiative, helping to reach nearly 30,000 students in Japan. The program has been in place since 2001.

In Hokkaido, all the students at the juvenile detention center take Sekando Suteppu lessons. Mr. Osamu Aoki, an instructor and a Master Trainer, notes that students are better able to manage anger as a result of the program implementation. In Osaka, caseworkers and staff at an emotional disorder facility learned all the lessons by heart in order to apply key strategies to any issue that arises—resulting in a reduction of problem behavior and improved staff morale.

CFC-J also designed a Parent and Child Class for preschool children and their mothers to learn lessons together. It’s a win-win for everyone: the youngsters get to share time with their mothers, and the moms gain the skills they want to reinforce SEL skills at home. One mother reported both she and her child have learned how to calm down and take deep breaths. Another mother shared that her son has stopped hitting his sister because he knows what to do when he gets angry.

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Global Advocacy

Our executive team, research scientists, and program developers work to spread the word about our programs and the research behind them at international conferences.

Recent Engagements

  • Joan Cole Duffell
  • Dr. Tia Kim
    • Panelist, UNESCO International Symposium on School Violence and Bullying: From Evidence to Action, Seoul, South Korea
    • Panelist, Comparative International Education Society, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bridgid Normand, MEd
    • Co-presenter with Dr. Ian Rivers, International Institute for Restorative Practices, Dublin, Ireland

Committee for Children also participates in the SEL Community of Practice, a collaborative of international NGOs working to strengthen implementation of SEL programs in various educational settings, especially in the developing world.