The benefits of SEL in the early years are supported by dozens of articles and studies. These are just a few of them.
Learn more about the science behind social and emotional learning.
For years, experts from around the world have been studying the impact of social and emotional learning in the early years on a number of long-term outcomes throughout our lives. Read up on the latest research, and discover why SEL is so important to brain development, success in school, our society and the economy.
THE BRAIN BASIS
This research brief from the National Commission on Social, Emotional,
and Academic Development explores how emotions and relationships drive learning and are a fundamental part of how our brains develop.
FOSTERING AND MEASURING SKILLS
IQ tests and achievement tests do not adequately capture non- cognitive skills, personality traits, goals, character, motivations, and preferences that are valued in the labour market, in school, and in many other domains.
While there is a great focus in our society on academic achievement, a growing body of research demonstrates the positive impacts of social and emotional learning.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defined SEL more than two decades ago. It’s their mission to drive research, guide practice, inform policy and create networks to support SEL in schools.
RESOURCES FOR A HEALTHY SCHOOL CULTURE
Find and share resources for creating a healthy school culture by helping
students develop skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, and
make responsible decisions.
EARLY SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL FUNCTIONING AND PUBLIC HEALTH
Understanding what early characteristics predict future outcomes could be of great value in helping children develop into healthy adults.
EFFECTS OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDHOOD (15 YEARS LATER)
15 years later, this study shows how SEL among young children positively affected their education, economic standing, mental and sexual health through their social competence and parenting practices.
FOUR BIG BENEFITS OF INVESTING
Quality early learning and development programs for disadvantaged children can foster valuable skills, strengthen our workforce, grow our economy and reduce social spending. Here’s how.
THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Can you actually put a price on positive social and emotional learning’s impact on society in the long term? This study argues that you can, and the financial benefits are far greater than you might think.
IMPROVING SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SKILLS IN CHILDHOOD
There is growing recognition of the economic implications of social emotional skills, in terms of both generating economic benefits and preventing costly outcomes for individuals and society.