Not Just Better Students, Better People™
Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to help children thrive.
The Nonprofit Behind Second Step
From our headquarters in Seattle, Washington, we partner with researchers, policymakers, and thought leaders around the world to fulfill our vision of safe children thriving in a peaceful world. But we’re just getting started. Learn more about our work to help make the world
SEL for Adults
Now in development: a professional learning program for all school staff to strengthen their social-emotional skills.
SEL for Out-of-School
We’re creating a program for after school and other learning environments beyond the classroom.
Second Step SEL is research-based, teacher-informed, and classroom-tested to promote the social-emotional development, safety, and well-being of children from Early Learning through Grade 8.
The research-based Bullying Prevention Unit gives educators and school staff the training and tools needed to effectively address school bullying in Kindergarten through Grade 5.
Available for Early Learning through Grade 5, the Child Protection Unit empowers prevention by providing training and resources to help adults and kids know how to recognize, respond to, and report abuse.
Second Step for Middle School
Based on latest research in adolescent brain development and social psychology, this first-of-its-kind SEL curriculum is specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s middle school students and educators.