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Social-Emotional Learning and Music Education | Kids playing trumpets in the Kids' Orchestra

Kids’ Orchestra: Where Social-Emotional Learning and Music Education Harmonize

Kids’ Orchestra is a Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based after-school program with a mission to build a community of creative, confident, and socially engaged students through music education. We sat down with Education Director Sam Trevathan and Program Manager Blakelynn Prettalt to talk about their experience incorporating Second Step® Out-of-School Time into their program.Read More


students learning about mindfulness

How Can Mindfulness Benefit Students?

This fall, the Second Step® Elementary digital program will be updated to include optional access to a library of mindfulness sessions. We sat down with Dr. Cailin Currie, a developmental psychologist and senior research scientist at Committee for Children, to talk about this new resource and its potential classroom benefits.Read More


photo of Rachel Kamb, Director of Programs

What’s New and Coming Soon with Second Step® Programs: An Update from Director of Programs Rachel Kamb

At Committee for Children, educators are trusted partners in growing and improving our Second Step family of social-emotional learning (SEL) programs. We sat down with Director of Programs Rachel Kamb, whose role focuses on how our programs can help meet educators’ needs, to talk about this year’s updates and coming changes.Read More


Breaking Cultural Norms to Prevent Sexual Abuse

Our world is opening back up. Children are going back to in-person learning, workers are returning to their office buildings, and thankfully, celebrations are no longer just over Zoom. While we continue to live with and navigate the pandRead More


Embracing the Unpredictable

This March, Committee for Children is celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day with a series of reflections from our Executive Leadership Team on their career journeys, the women who’ve shaped them along the way, and how they’re working to break biases. This post is from VP of Education, Research & Impact Tia Kim.Read More


Gamer Girls Create the World

This March, Committee for Children is celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day with a series of reflections from our Executive Leadership Team on their career journeys, the women who’ve shaped them along the way, and how they’re working to break biases. This post is from VP of Policy & Advocacy Jordan Posamentier.Read More


Personal Acts Toward Social Change

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’ve asked the Committee for Children Executive Leadership Team to reflect on their personal journeys, the women who’ve shaped them along the way, and how they’re working to break biases. This post is from General Counsel Mary Brodd.Read More