Social and emotional learning (SEL), also called social and emotional wellness (SEW), is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The resource below offer parents and educators tools to support healthy social and emotional learning.

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Expert advice in under three minutes

Tips from Leah Niehaus, LCSW, on how to foster a sense of belonging for our youth.

Tips from Anna Pirkl, LMFT, ATR, LAADAC, on how to raise compassionate children.

Fostering empathy and building an inclusive community environment


Thank you to the Henry Family for sharing their story with us .


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Common parenting concerns during the elementary school years

Tips to foster healthy use of social media and technology now, and how to prepare for navigating the years ahead.

Ways to teach empathy, reduce bullying, and help your child best deal with bullying behavior by others. 

Strategies and tools to help your child learn healthy ways to reduce their stress levels and anxiety.


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National Resources for Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Paving the Path for Healthy Choices During the Teen Years: Talk Early, Talk Often

What Elementary School Parents Can Do Now to Help Their Future Teen Resist Alcohol 

For parents and guardians of kids ages 10 to 14, this is a comprehensive guide to help talk to your kids about alcohol (NIAAA)


While a sense of inevitability often surrounds the topic of teen drinking, adults can play an important role in preventing underage alcohol use. (NPR)

A comprehensive guide that you can download (SAMSHA)

What Parents Should Know and Say Now...

To kids who are 5 - 8 years old:

"5-to-8-year olds are still tied to family and eager to please but they're also beginning to explore their individuality." - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

To kids who are 9 - 12 years old:

"They're on a quest to figure out their place in the world. When it comes to the way they view that world, they tend to give their friends' opinions a great deal of power while, at the same time, they're starting to question their parents' views and messages." - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids