Committee for Children Blog
Then & Now: Our Origin Story

Then and Now: Our Origin Story

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, we took the opportunity to sit down with Committee for Children (CFC) Executive Director Joan Cole Duffel to talk about the organization’s roots in abuse prevention, how our efforts have evolved over the past four decades, and why there’s no such thing as a finish line when it comes to child abuse protection. … Read More


Middle school educators can help teach students about sexual and gender harassment

Why Addressing Sexual Harassment in Middle School Is Vital

Addressing sexual and gender-based harassment (based on gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression) is a crucial part of sexual abuse prevention. Educators should talk with middle school students about setting and respecting boundaries and take reports of harassment seriously.… Read More


social emotional learning, responsive classroom, implementation, CARES, child protection

Implementing Responsive Classroom and Second Step in an Elementary School

Responsive Classroom (RC) and Second Step are both evidence-based programs that focus on the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning (SEL). Together, they provide tools for a safe and welcoming learning community, and for important academic, social, and emotional skills. … Read More


trauma informed, social emotional learning, teacher, educator

Don’t Miss These Connections Between SEL and Trauma-Informed Practice

When we cannot know for sure whether children have experienced trauma, the use of trauma-informed practices and supports becomes more important in creating safe learning environments. Social-emotional learning and competencies are key in carrying out these practices so that kids feel supported and can thrive. … Read More