Resources for Families
Winter Well-Being Series
"A Psychologist's Guide to Winter Well-Being" is a therapist-led video series from Committee for Children to support parents' mental health. The 8-week series is designed to encourage parents to prioritize their mental health as a pandemic winter approaches, offering evidence-based advice and a weekly self-care prescription.
All eight weekly videos feature Dr. Mylien Duong, licensed clinical psychologist and senior research scientist at Committee for Children. Starting December 7, Dr. Duong gives viewers bite-sized self-care tips and guides them through simple practices to improve social and emotional well-being.
• Week 1: Dec. 7, 2020—Self-Compassion
• Week 2: Dec. 14, 2020—Managing Holiday Stress
• Week 3: Dec. 21, 2020—Being Present with Family
• Week 4: Dec. 28, 2020—Resolutions That Stick
• Week 5: Jan. 4, 2021—Setting Your Intentions
• Week 6: Jan. 11, 2021—Making Time for Joy
• Week 7: Jan. 18, 2021—Listening to Understand
• Week 8: Jan. 25, 2021—Expressing Gratitude
The Land of Music
This YouTube TV series, created by board-certified Music Therapists from A Place To Be Family, strives to teach and entertain kids through the healing power of music!
Designed for school age children, pre-k – 5th, this 6- episode animated series provides a platform for families to talk about the continuing COVID virus situation.
The characters take the audience on an educational, inspiring and imaginative journey into The Land of Music. The Land of Music is where music lives and just like in our world, the citizens of The Land of Music are experiencing a very similar life-changing event to their everyday lives; their music is taken away.
We meet J.J., a young man who is from our world and has had to adjust and change his own life because of COVID restrictions. He takes a visit to The Land of Music and helps them find resilience, fortitude and strength. The residents of The Land of Music find out the only way to return their land back to a place without fear and to find their music once again is through the acts of kindness, gratefulness, compassion and of course, Love.
Brain Pop - Resources for educators, families, and caregivers including free activities and games for kids, age-appropriate ways to talk to kids about the current pandemic, and adaptable lessons for home and remote learning.
Committee for Children-Free activities to help families continue developing social-emotional skills, while fostering safety and well-being for children.
Experience Happiness - Explore resources to learn more about the science of happiness and activities to put the sustainable happiness skills into practice.
Grow Kinder - A podcast for families and educators featuring conversations centered around social and emotional learning, including mini-episodes specifically designed to cover topics related to the pandemic and supporting SEL at home.
Imagine Neighborhood.org - A podcast designed to help children and their grown ups grow their social-emotional skills.
InspirED - Over 100+ activities for families to develop social-emotional competencies and well-being.
MindYeti.com - Designed for 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.
Parent Toolkit - A resource developed specifically with parents in mind. It’s produced by NBC News Learn and supported by Pearson and includes information about almost every aspect of your child’s development.
PBS Kids - Online games for kids that promote SEL values. Tips and resources for parents, caregivers, and families.
ParenTeen Connect.org - 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.
Sesame Street - Tips and strategies to help adults and children navigate challenges and build lifelong skills for resilience.
Sesame Street in Communities - Resources that help children (and adults!) with what matters most in young lives. Explore topics under 3 categories: Difficult Times & Tough Talks, Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds, and ABC's & 123's.
VDOE: SEL Quick Guide - A quick guide for parents, caregivers, and families for considerations and resources to promote social-emotional wellness.
SEL Practices to Build Competencies at Home
Social-emotional learning is an ongoing process & not simply a strategy to address a specific behavior or situation. Everyday interactions parents have with their children are potential opportunities to build SEL competencies.
Practice at Home:
Focus on Strengths- Helping your child identify strengths helps to build self-efficacy & the ability to persist through difficult times.
Use Visuals for Planning- Check-lists & other visuals help children see what needs to be done to succeed, as well as experience pride as goals are met.
Ask your child about feelings to help students build self-awareness & communication of needs.
Stay calm when angry & model calm-down strategies. Explain to your child what you are doing & why.
Be willing to apologize & admit when you've made a mistake.
Build empathy by encouraging your child to help & share within your family & community.
Home Links are sent home weekly & help parents engage in SEL with their children.
Second Step SEL Home Links for Elementary
Teachers using the Second Step curriculum are engaging parents in SEL through "Home Links". These are weekly updates to provide an overview of skills being taught, suggested questions to ask your child, & activities to do together at home.
The additional resources below are available to parents through the Second Step Parent Dashboard, accessible with the Parent Access Code shared by the teacher.
Free SEL Family Resources from Second Step
Many of the Second Step materials to support SEL are now available for families too! Book lists, songs & games, printable posters and more. Use the following steps to create your account.
How to Create a Second Step Account
Go to www.secondstep.org
Under New Users, click ”Create Account”
Complete the required fields
Add the Program Activation Key for the grade level of your student:
Early Learning: SSPE FAMI LY68
Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70
Grade 1: SSP1 FAMI LY71
Grade 2: SSP2 FAMI LY72
Grade 3: SSP3 FAMI LY73
Grade 4: SSP4 FAMI LY74
Grade 5: SSP5 FAMI LY75
Online Resources from Committee for Children
Committee for Children has been helping children thrive through social-emotional learning for over 40-years. As creators of Second Step, they continue to provide educators & parents with resources to support SEL at home & in school.
Visit the Committee for Children Blog to learn more.
SEL Through Stories
Many books have messages and lessons linked to the core competencies for social-emotional learning: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, & Responsible Decision-Making. Reading these stories & discussing them with your child is a great way to help build knowledge & skills around these competencies.
For a list of books for social-emotional learning, please click HERE.
Sesame Street Resources
Life comes with everyday challenges, even for our children. Committee for Children (creators of Second Step) and Sesame Street have collaborated to provide parents with resources and strategies to help connect what children learn in school and what they learn at home with their families.
Explore printable downloads, songs, activities, and videos HERE!