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COVID-19 Response

Resources for Educators and Families

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Ways to Cope in Trying Times

We know this is a stressful time for students, families, and educators. Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 are growing. Here, we’ve compiled a list of resources you can use to help young people learn the social-emotional skills they need to get through these challenging events.

As we continue to monitor this ever-changing situation, we’ll provide more support addressing the needs of our community, our Second Step clients, and their students.

Remote-Instruction Guidance for Second Step and SEL

We understand you may not have access to your kit. Many of the recommendations in this PDF don’t require the physical Second Step kit, like art projects, Brain Builder activities, and sing-alongs. But, some do. We’ll continue to work to provide supports for all of our clients with and without kits.

Free Second Step and Committee for Children Resources for Educators and Families to Use During School Closures

  • Free Social-Emotional Learning Activities: There are a number of Second Step activities freely available online for children ages 5–13. Many of these are adaptable for remote learning or for families to do at home with their children.

  • Second Step Social-Emotional Passport: The Second Step SEL Passport is a great SEL reinforcement activity for students to do at home. Integrate this activity into your remote-learning plan or share it with families as a fun resource.

  • The Imagine Neighborhood: This new podcast for families is designed to help children and grown-ups practice their social-emotional skills. Each episode tells a story that’s amazing, fantastical, and maybe a little bananas, while it tackles the big feelings that come with growing up.

  • Mind Yeti®: Fifteen of our mindfulness program sessions are now available for anyone to use, no experience necessary! Designed for educators and families to do alongside children, or for older children to do on their own, Mind Yeti provides a great way for everyone to practice mindfulness during this difficult time.
    Mind Yeti on Vimeo: English | Spanish
    Mind Yeti on YouTube: English | Spanish
    Mind Yeti Podcast: RSS Feed | Spotify | Stitcher
  • Little Children, Big Challenges: Committee for Children and Sesame Street have partnered to create a collection of resources for young children facing significant challenges. These materials, aimed at building children’s resilience, may be useful for educators and families.

  • Captain Compassion®: Here, children can find games, comics, and activities they can do on their own, or with their families, to learn about how they can help stop bullying.

  • Hot Chocolate Talk: A resource to help families talk with their children about child sexual abuse. Families may be spending a lot more time together during school closures, which makes this an opportune time to have these difficult but very important conversations.

  • ParenTeen Connect: For families with older children, this resource provides an online experience they can share together. It’s loaded with videos, resources, and useful advice to help teens and the adults in their lives address hot-button topics.

  • SEL Posters: Put up a few visual reminders to help your kids name their feelings and learn how to manage them, too!

Family Access to K-5 Songs, Photos, and Videos

Through June 30, 2020, families can access K-5 lesson media through the Families tab of Instructions for how families can create an account are in each grade level’s Family Letter. Find Family Letters by clicking Resources on your Dashboard, then clicking Downloads in the blue navigation bar at the top of the page. Once families are registered you can either ask them to log in and navigate to the media, or you can send them direct links to the specific songs, photos, and videos you’d like them to see.

Livestreaming and Recording Lessons

Committee for Children (“CFC”) understands that many educators are looking for ways to share social emotional supports with their students during this challenging time. Due to the spread of COVID-19, we know there is a growing need for many schools to provide instruction and classroom materials online.

If you have access to your Second Step® curricula and teaching materials, CFC is expanding permission to use these materials for secure, remote presentation of student lessons on the Terms & Conditions below, through June 30, 2020. This extended permission allows you to:

  • Pre-record your student lessons;
  • Livestream and simultaneously record your student lessons;
  • Upload a recording of each student lesson to a password-protected environment; and
  • Use password-protected recordings for any student lesson in your school that is permitted under your Second Step® license with CFC.

Except for permitting remote student lessons, the scope of your Second Step® license is unchanged. This means you do not have permission to make copies of, remotely share, or modify the Second Step® curricula or related teaching materials or use these materials for schools, classrooms or students not already covered.

The full Terms & Conditions are available here.


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