When schools, families, and communities promote social and emotional learning (SEL), children and youth do better academically and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. In the long term, they are also more likely to enjoy career and family success. However, some children and youth need additional, more intensive mental health supports to achieve these outcomes.

Around the world, EDC partners with caregivers, formal and nonformal educators, community-based organizations, and state- and national-level agencies to foster SEL and address mental health needs. Our work helps communities and school districts build strong systems of SEL and mental health supports, use evidence-based practices, and improve policy.

Learn more about Rapid Assessment and Action Planning, an innovative, data-driven solution to address school districts’ SEL and mental health needs.


This tool helps Head Start programs better understand the link between their school readiness goals and their health service plans. Created for program leaders, health managers, and school readiness teams, the tool contains a five-step process for examining the links between health and learning for five essential domains of school readiness.
This resource identifies existing instruments used to measure three social and emotional learning skills among secondary school students: collaboration, perseverance, and self-regulated learning.