Social Emotional and Behavioral Support

The concept of social emotional and behavioral learning has gained more focused prominence among practitioners, researchers, education reformers, and other stakeholders. It has become a potential key in helping students unlock their academic potential and improve educational outcomes. Social and emotional competencies have been associated with academic and behavioral successes as well as being a protective factor for at-risk populations.

Caring for the social emotional and behavioral wellbeing of students, and of the educators and professionals who educate and support them, is all the more critical as schools, educators, families and students confront the challenges of learning during a national health crisis.

The Department supports a number of technical assistance centers to provide content expertise and resources to effectively address State and local needs and assist with implementation of federal programs that support students’ social emotional and behavioral needs. The sections on this page provide links to resources developed by these Centers and other federal partners.

Please note that the materials presented concerning resources available are being provided for your convenience as a potential resource for parents, students, schools, teachers, and other educators to use during this challenging time. They were not developed by the U.S. Department of Education, and we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this information. Furthermore, the inclusion of any hyperlinks and the content presented is not intended to convey their relative importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered. The Department does not control, direct, or encourage any particular curriculum or the information related to curriculum. The use of materials or information by a school or educator is strictly a State and local matter.

Please visit technical assistance center websites to learn more about the resources and supports available to schools, educators, and families.

Last Modified: 07/06/2020