Strengthening Systems and Supports to Build Positive Social-Emotional Climates in Out-of-School Time
From December 2018 through May 2019, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment facilitated a peer learning group (PLG) on social-emotional learning (SEL) in Out-of-School Time (OST) for 10 state teams.
This brief, Strengthening Systems and Supports to Build Positive Social-Emotional Climates in Out-of-School Time, highlights best practices that states learned about and shared, related to the following:
-The connection of SEL to healthy development and success in school, work, and life
-Strengths-based, healing-centered, and culturally responsive social-emotional models that build on an understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma-informed practice.
-Evidence-based supports for building a positive social-emotional climate
-Mental health for children and youth and mental health consultation
Each state assembled a cross-sector team, which typically included staff from their Child Care and Development Fund Lead Agency, state afterschool network, Department of Education, school districts, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and providers. Each team participated in five PLG sessions, meeting in between sessions to build an SEL action plan.