Parent and Family Support for Social and Emotional Learning
Parents and families have a powerful role in supporting children’s learning, health, and well-being at home and at school. When parents are engaged in their children’s school activities and initiatives, children get better grades, choose healthier behaviors, and have better social skills. Students who have parents involved in their school lives also are more likely to avoid unhealthy behaviors and they are less likely to be emotionally distressed.
Social and emotional learning at home and at school helps children and adolescents develop the skills to recognize and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, appreciate the perspectives of others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
There are things you can do to work with your child’s school to reinforce social and emotional learning, such as
- Working with school staff to shape a healthy school environment and positive social and emotional climate. Learn more about the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, CDC’s framework for school health.
- Being a part of the decision making in schools and provide support by promoting healthy eating, physical activity, and other healthy behaviors. See Ideas for Parents for more inspiration!
Check out this tip sheet on how parent engagement in schools can support social and emotional learning and the social and emotional climate in schools.
- CDC: Ideas for Parents
- Information for Parents with Teens (Ages 12-19)
- Learning about Children’s Mental Health
- Mental Health of Children and Parents—A Strong Connection
- Parent SEL Resourcesexternal icon
- SEL in Homes and Communitiesexternal icon
- SEL Strategies for Parentsexternal icon
- Ways to Engage in Your Child’s School to Support Student Health and Learning