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Committee for Children Teams Up with National PTA and The Allstate Foundation to Promote Youth Empowerment and Family Engagement via Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

SEATTLE, WA – June 13, 2022 – Committee for Children, a global nonprofit leader in social-emotional education, advocacy, research and innovation, has teamed up with National PTA to distribute 1,000 copies of its Radio Free Imagine Neighborhood book to communities in need across the United States. The interactive and multi-faceted activity book is an extension of The Imagine Neighborhood, the Committee for Children’s award-winning social-emotional learning (SEL) podcast, reaching roughly 40,000 children each month.

The book donation is made possible by a $220,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation, which seeks to bolster the development of foundational SEL skills in children and encourage positive educational engagement within their families. Copies of Radio Free Imagine Neighborhood will be distributed by local PTAs in ten different states.

“In The Imagine Neighborhood, we look for ways that kids and their grown-ups can connect, and PTA’s proven efficacy in connecting the amazing work of teachers to the learning that happens at home makes it the ideal partner in bridging this gap,” said Scotty Iseri, the podcast’s host.

“It is critical that families and schools support social-emotional learning as it is essential to student success and is more important than ever as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Anna King, president of National PTA. “National PTA is pleased to team up with Committee for Children to get its SEL resource into the hands of students, families and teachers.”

 Radio Free Imagine Neighborhood challenges kids to explore their creativity and amplify their social-emotional know-how through 98 pages of immersive activities. From building cardboard creations to solving puzzles, this expert-backed activity book invites children to write, draw, paint, cut, paste, tape, and tear their way through a range of captivating projects.

Like the podcast, Radio Free Imagine Neighborhood is built on the framework of Committee for Children’s award-winning Second Step® SEL programs. Each episode is ripe with lively, diverse characters and original stories that help children and adults to connect with themselves and each other.

 “The Radio Free Imagine Neighborhood resource has served to be extremely beneficial to our Highlands school community,” said Hovet Lee Dixon Jr., principal of Highlands Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala., which received copies of the book. “The activity book is designed to engage stakeholders through a sense of community, and the various personalities of the ‘neighbors’ embedded throughout the book are reflective of those who make up our Highlands family and community.”


About Committee for Children

Committee for Children is a global nonprofit that has championed the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning, child protection, and bullying prevention for more than 40 years. With a history of action and influence, we’re known as a leader in social-emotional education and a force in advocacy, research, and innovation in the field. We take a comprehensive approach to SEL, promoting social-emotional well-being from birth to early adulthood—supporting not just classrooms, but entire communities. As our programs transform the lives of more than 20.5 million children per year, we rise to meet societal challenges to ensure children everywhere can thrive. Visit to learn more.

 About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit

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