Congressman Tim Ryan Introduces Social and Emotional Learning for Families (SELF) Act
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) introduced the Social and Emotional Learning for Families (SELF) Act. The bill authorizes a competitive grant program that would focus on the development, implementation, and evaluation of dual capacity, two-generation parent engagement programs designed to increase the ability of parents to demonstrate and teach children social and emotional skills, and of teachers and school staff to work with parents to develop these skills.
While current initiatives that adopt two-generation approaches for promoting development of social and emotional skills primarily target parents of young children through preschool (e.g., Head Start) and home visiting programs, the SELF Act will support programs for families of school-age children.
“There is growing recognition that social and emotional skills are essential for students’ healthy functioning and positive academic outcomes. Social emotional learning helps increase attendance, decrease suspensions and behavioral incidences, and improve attention and participation among students,” said Congressman Ryan. “This growth of our students cannot be achieved without the participation of our educators, school staff, and families. It’s why I’ve introduced the SELF Act which promotes and encourages collaboration between schools and parents around the development of their students’ social and emotional skills. This partnership is not only beneficial to the student’s long term academic success, but necessary for them to be a productive member of the American workforce.”
Full text of the bill can be found here.