For Families

Social and emotional learning starts at home. Parents and families are critical partners in children’s social and emotional development. They can model the skills, attitudes, and behaviors we want all children to master, and they can be important advocates for SEL at school.


"A kind word, an act of kindness, solving a problem, being helpful and honest, and sharing your talent or a smile are all a part of teaching our children what they need to know to make it in the world today. This is SEL." -Zelda Waymer President & Chief Executive Officer S.C. Afterschool Alliance

Looking to check in our your child’s digital wellness? Download the new Dear Parents resource from Children’s Screen Time Action Network!

The Dear Parents resource offers a new perspective, one backed by personal experiences as youth growing up in a digital age. In partnership with the Children’s Screen Time Action Network, two high school teens, Aliza Kopans and Celine Bernhardt-Lanier, created a resource to give parents more understanding, empathy, and skills around their children’s screen use. The resource features teen testimonials, a Q&A with parents’ questions answered by teens, top tech tips, and a printable conversation guide. This is the guide for you!

SEL Resources to use at Home

SC Department of Education  SEL Resource Webiste

The South Carolina Department of Education is focused on promoting social and emotional learning to enhance the building of positive school climates and the healthy development of young people. Parent and family resources. 

Jennifer Miller: Confident Parents Confident Kids blog. Jennifer Miller’s blog is all about how family members can support social and emotional development at home, and recent posts provide a range of quality resources and ideas for supporting SEL during school closures

Harvard Graduate School of Education: Caring for Preschoolers at Home Guidance for creating structure and routine and developing social and emotional skills while preschool-aged children are staying home

xSEL Labs: SEL In An Unplanned Home School Setting Ideas for setting expectations, teaching SEL competencies in context, motivating, and staying connected with social support networks

A Parents’ Resource Guide to SEL – Edutopia

AIR: Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home: Strategies and Resources for Families and Caregivers Four basic elements for parents on creating a supportive learning space at home, with concrete strategies in both English and Spanish

Child Mind InstituteSingle Parenting During the Coronavirus Crisis

CASEL CARESis a new initiative that connects each of you in our global community with experts to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances.

SEL 101 for Parents (2017) – An informational video to inform parents about SEL in schools and provide them with insights into SEL in their own parenting practices in order to support their children’s social and emotional development. Also available in Spanish.

Social Skills Parenting Guide – Today

Engaging Families With Social and Emotional Learning, video

"In order to effectively model SEL for children, teachers/(adults) need to understand SEL and its impact on children and themselves. Teachers need to be self-aware, practice self-management and social-awareness, and think about how to build relationships with all students through responsible decision-making in and out of the classroom. SEL is not something that we need to do to children, it is something that adults need to learn and go through with children." - Don D. Doggett. President, S.C. Organization of Rural Schools

Resources for Parents