Committee for Children Blog
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


CASEL, social emotional learning, SEL, bullying prevention, child safety, policy and advocacy

Joan Cole Duffell Recognized with Prestigious CASEL Award

The prestigious Mary Utne O’Brien Award is presented annually by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) — and this year, we are so proud to announce that our own Executive Director, Joan Cole Duffell is its recipient. … Read More


child abuse prevention resources, parenting, parents, advocacy, second step, hot chocolate talk

The Hot Chocolate Talk: The Discussion Every Parent Needs to Have

Child sexual abuse thrives on silence—but we can help to keep kids safe by talking openly and often to children about abuse. The Hot Chocolate Talk is our new initiative that, with multiple resources, helps parents and caretakers know what to say and do to protect kids from predators, starting now. … Read More


social emotional learning, SEL, executive function, early learning, kindergarten

Executive Function: Important Skills for Childhood Development

We’re not born with the executive-function skills we need to get things done, but the good news is these skills can be taught. Executive-function skills help us stay on task, make plans, set goals, and carry them out successfully—even when complex things are happening around us.… Read More