Parent and Family Support for Social and Emotional Learning

The relationship between school staff and families can reinforce student health and learning across multiple settings—at home, in school, in out-of-school programs, and in the community.
The relationship between school staff and families can reinforce student health and learning across multiple settings—at home, in school, in out-of-school programs, and in the community.

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

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.