March 10 is National SEL Day! This year, we are teaming up with Children's Institute to share the following resources on social emotional learning with you!

What is social emotional learning (SEL)?
Social emotional learning is how youth learn and gain the skills needed to regulate their emotions, create, and manage goals, show empathy for others, create positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Why is social emotional learning important to whole child health?
Social emotional learning goes hand in hand with social emotional health. SEL provides the tools and processes on how kids gain those important soft skills that lead to their success later in life and improve their overall health and well-being throughout their lifetime.

Recess creates opportunities for social emotional learning!
Play is the easiest way students can learn social emotional skills – because play is how kids learn best!  Studies show that 20 minutes of daily active recess provides the opportunity for peer interactions that advance SEL and development in children.

Recess teaches:

  • Self-esteem
  • Stress regulation
  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Cooperation & teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Planning
  • Active listening
  • Conflict resolution
  • Ability to focus

Resources for parents to support SEL at home:

Resources for parents to advance SEL and recess in schools:


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