Funding for Second Step
We hear frequently from current and potential Second Step clients asking how they can get funding for our
programs. Our Second Step K–5 Suite of
research-based curricula—including Second Step Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), 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 Second Step. We’re happy to provide these tools to help you get what your students
deserve and are entitled to receive.
Federal Funding and Second Step SEL
Second Step Social-Emotional Learning aligns with several federal funding sources. Each school’s
situation and state allocations will vary, so we’ve broken down federal funding allocations by state
and detailed how each of them works for Second Step SEL.
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,
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
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
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:
See the Grant-Writing Toolkit
- Program Scope and Sequence
- Program Review of Research
- Head Start Alignment Chart
- Program costs
Grant Proposal Talking Points and Resources
If you’re developing a grant proposal to fund the purchase of any part of our
Second Step K–5 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. Second Step has partnerships 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
We’ve compiled a list of
frequently asked funding questions that contains information specific to Second Step, third-party
links, and more details that will help you complete your funding application successfully.
Read the FAQ
Evidence-based Second Step SEL 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 Second Step SEL
Second Step 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 Practices, 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 Second Step. 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