Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Second Steps Resources

Managing Stress and Anxiety (CDC)

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (NASP)

Helping Children Cope With Emergencies (CDC)

Helping Children Cope With Stress During the 2019 nCoV Outbreak (WHO)

GoNoodle: engages kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. (may require sign-up)

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.

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.

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.

Mind Yeti® Youtube or Vimeo: Fifteen of this 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.


Calming Breathing

Balloon Breathing: Sit in a relaxed, comfortable position. Breathe in slowly through your nose, filling your belly with air like a balloon. Breathe out slowly. Have child practice this technique a few times.


  • Start off at a duration of 1 minute and then build up to 3 minutes

  • Model the desired techniques to your child

  • Keep instructions short and simple

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