Jan 15, 2019
This report offers practical guidance for out-of-school-time programs and out-of-school-time intermediaries that wish to incorporate social and emotional learning activities into their programming for youth. The lessons are derived from the RAND Corporation's study over four years of more than 100 afterschool programs across six communities participating in The Wallace Foundation's Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative.
Developing Social and Emotional Competencies in Out-of-School-Time Programs
Published Feb 27, 2023
Out-of-school-time (OST) programs have long focused on children's social and emotional development as part of their mission of building a culture of connectedness and positive relationships between youth and adults. Research demonstrates that high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs are associated with positive outcomes, including improved behavior, attitudes, and academic performance. This report provides tips and recommendations for incorporating high-quality SEL instruction and practices into OST programming for children and youth. The lessons are derived from the RAND Corporation's study over four years of more than 100 afterschool programs across six communities — Boston, Dallas, Denver, Palm Beach County, Tacoma, and Tulsa — participating in The Wallace Foundation's Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative. The report summarizes a variety of approaches and actions that OST programs developed over four years to support children's social and emotional development, including adding SEL content and practices into their programming, training staff in SEL, engaging families, and adopting continuous improvement systems to monitor and refine these efforts.