Committee for Children Blog
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Together, We Create a Better Tomorrow with Social-Emotional Development

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is officially on the rise, with growing national awareness and multiple school, behavior, and educational benefits being realized. And we’re keeping up by evolving our flagship Second Step curriculum, harnessing new research, new input from educators who understand the importance of educating the whole child, and new technology to benefit you and the students you serve. … Read More


social emotional learning, workforce readiness, employability skills, SEL, jobs
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How SEL Helps Children Succeed in School, the Workplace, and Life

In our new ebook, we’ve gathered varied and experienced perspectives from thought leaders in education, business, and the military on both the early and long-term benefits of social-emotional learning, why social-emotional skills are critical for today’s workforce, and why they will be even more necessary in the future.
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CASEL, social emotional learning, SEL, bullying prevention, child safety, policy and advocacy
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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


book list, parenting, parents, child abuse prevention, second step - For Child Abuse Prevention Month,
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Books to Help Parents Talk About and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse

Research suggests that talking about child sexual abuse helps keep kids safe. We’ve curated this list of books that can help families talk about child safety, children recovering from trauma, and adults supporting children recovering from trauma. Check out our list and the other resources we offer for these important conversations. … Read More


advocacy, SEL, policy, children, school funding, social emotional learning, child safety
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Advocating for Child Safety for Nearly Forty Years

Since our inception nearly forty years ago, we at Committee for Children have stood for the principle that the best way to address child sexual abuse is to prevent it from happening in the first place. We’re continuously looking for ways to advocate for law and policy that prioritize evidence-informed prevention strategies to ensure our children are kept safe—and there are some recent key and ongoing actions we’ve been working on. … Read More


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