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Leading Organizations Applaud House Appropriations Committee Vote: Significant Investments for Social and Emotional Learning in FY 2022 Education Spending Measure

SEATTLE—July 16, 2021—Committee for Children and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) strongly applaud today’s vote by the House Appropriations Committee to support significant investments in social-emotional learning (SEL) as part of 2022 education funding. The funds would support:

    • $112 million, an increase of $45 million over the FY 2021 enacted level, for grants for evidence-based, field-initiated innovations that address student social, emotional, and cognitive needs within the Education Innovation and Research Program
    • $90 million, an increase of $10 million over the FY 2021 enacted level, for the Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant Program, with a priority for teacher professional development and pathways into teaching that provide a strong foundation in child development and learning, including skills for implementing SEL strategies
    • $1 billion within School Safety National Activities for Mental Health Services Professional Demonstration Grants and School-Based Mental Health Services Grants to help local education agencies (LEAs) directly increase the number of mental health and child development experts in schools
    • $443 million, an increase of $413 million over the FY 2021 enacted level, for Full-Service Community Schools to provide comprehensive services and expand evidence-based models that meet the holistic needs of children, families, and communities
    • $1.3 billion for Student Support and Academic Enrichment state grants, an increase of $85 million above the FY 2021 enacted level and the President’s budget request
    • $1.4 billion for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, an increase of $100 million above the FY 2021 enacted level and $50 million above the President’s budget request

“This federal investment in SEL reflects the need from across the country to attend to the social and emotional strengths of our young people, and the adults in their lives, during one of the most disruptive times in the history of American education,” said Jordan Posamentier, director of policy and advocacy at Committee for Children. “We thank the House Appropriations Committee for recognizing this and responding in kind to our teaching and learning communities.”

“Today’s vote reflects a value we share across the nation: the overall well-being of our young people, academically, socially, and emotionally,” said CASEL President and CEO Karen Niemi. “These SEL investments are deeply meaningful to the states, districts, educators, and students who prize SEL as an integral part of the American equation for success in school, work, and life.”


About Committee for Children

Committee for Children is a global nonprofit, founded in 1979, dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through education and advocacy. Committee for Children creates research-based educational programs that promote social-emotional skills and help prevent bullying and sexual abuse. The organization’s curricula reach more than 20.5 million children globally, including across all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

About the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

CASEL, a nonprofit founded in 1994, defined SEL more than two decades ago. Today, it collaborates with leading experts and supports districts, schools, and states nationwide to drive research, guide practice, and inform policy.


Media Contacts

Shauna McBride

Vice President of Public Relations and Communications, Committee for Children



Jack Lewis

Communications and Marketing Specialist, CASEL