Funding for Second Step Programs

We hear frequently from current and potential Second Step clients asking how they can get funding for our programs. Our Second Step Suite of research-based curricula—including the Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Program for Early Learning through Middle School, Bullying Prevention Unit, and Child Protection Unit—all meet federal funding eligibility standards and other state and local grant requirements. Districts, schools, and individual educators are encouraged to use the following resources to help secure funds to purchase and implement the Second Step Program. We’re happy to provide these tools to help you get what your students deserve and are entitled to.

Federal Funding and the Second Step SEL Program

The Second Step SEL Program aligns with several federal funding sources. Each school’s situation and state allocations will vary, so we’ve broken down federal funds allocations by state and detailed how each of them applies to our SEL Program.

funding matrix

Funding Allocations and Program Descriptions

This online, printable document is packed with information about federal funding sources and state-by-state allocations of funds.

State-by-State Funding Allocation Matrix (PDF)
Federal Funding Sources with Descriptions (PDF)

Federal Programs

The following federal funding sources can apply to our programs.
IDEA—Special Education Grants to States
Title I, Part A—Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies
Title I, Part C—Migrant Education
Title I, Part D—Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
Title II, Part II—Supporting Effective Instruction (Teacher Training and Teacher Retention)
Title IV, Part A—Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants
Title VI, Part B, Subpart 1—Small, Rural School Grant Program
Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2—Rural and Low-Income School Program
Title VIII—Impact Aid
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Promoting Student Resilience

Federal Funding Landscape Webinar

We worked with Red Rock Reports to create an on-demand presentation to help you understand what’s new and noteworthy in federal funding. The presentation covers new and discontinued programs, details the transition from ESEA to ESSA, and includes best practices for successful grant applications.
See the Federal Funding for SEL Webinar

State and Community Funding Resources

Federal funding is just one option for schools for SEL programs. State and community funds can often meet schools’ specific needs. For a list of state programs and their funding allocations, visit our state-by-state Federal Allocations and Program Descriptions.
Learn More About Community Funds


Funding Application Resources

Grant-Writing Toolkit

Applying for SEL funding can be challenge, but we’re here to help. Our Grant-Writing Toolkit provides current and new Second Step clients with the resources to complete grants to fund the purchase of our programs, including:

  • Program Scope and Sequence
  • Program Review of Research
  • Head Start Alignment Chart
  • Program costs
See the Grant-Writing Toolkit

Grant Proposal Talking Points and Resources

If you’re developing a grant proposal to fund the purchase of any part of our Second Step Suite, use these talking points as a starting place! Here you’ll find details that’ll help you write your needs statement and useful copy to help you describe your goals and objectives, budget, and evaluation plan.
Get the Grant Proposal Talking Points

Student Assessment Tools

Assessing students’ progress can play a significant role in providing evidence-based information in your grant application process. The Second Step Program is partnered with several reputable resources that enable teachers, administrators, and district-level stakeholders to administer and score assessments before and after Second Step implementation.
Learn More About Student Assessment Tools

FAQ

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked funding questions that contains Second Step Program specific information, third-party links, and more details that will help you complete your funding application successfully.
Read the FAQ

Head Start

The evidence-based Second Step Program brings social-emotional learning (SEL) to your Head Start classroom. Our Head Start page details how our SEL curriculum supports Head Start and includes videos, an alignment chart, and success stories.
Learn About Head Start and the Second Step Program

Alignment Charts

Second Step SEL Program alignment charts show how our program lines up with other programs and standards, including academic standards for Early Learning through Grade 8, CASEL, Head Start, Restorative and Trauma-Informed Practices, and more.
Get Second Step Alignment Charts

Making the Case for SEL

Studies show that teaching social-emotional learning skills to children has positive, long-term benefits they can use in and out of the classroom.
Learn More About SEL Research


Thank you for your interest in purchasing the Second Step Program. Our team of experts is here to assist you during the purchasing process and support you during implementation and throughout the school year.

If you’ve got questions, be sure to check our FAQ page. If you can’t find your answer there, contact us at support@secondstep.org.