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Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Is Here!

Vermont Afterschool Inc. launched a state-wide pilot project in 2017 designed to enhance social-emotional competence in school-aged children. Licensed, afterschool programs were selected to receive staff support and training in implementation of the PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) Curriculum. social-and-emotional-learning-core-competencies

The PATHS curriculum is highly respected and evidence-based.  It is designed to:

  • Promote social and emotional competence
  • Prevent or reduce behavioral and emotional problems in young children
  • Prevent future adjustment problems through the development & integration of essential skills in emotional literacy, behavioral self-control, and problem solving.
  • Improve the social & academic climate of the program and school.

We will be collecting data about how this program works along the way with the hopes of expanding our support of social-emotional learning in afterschool. Future efforts in our SEL project will focus on bolstering afterschool staffs’ SEL competencies, addressing adverse childhood experiences, and partnering with community stakeholders to coordinate systems of care for children and families.

SEL Partnerships

Vermont Afterschool has joined with VSA Vermont to host a series of social and emotional learning partner opportunities in 2017 and 2018. Our common goal to to highlight the amazing work of our community in the realm of social and emotional learning and to strengthen networks between agencies and stakeholders moving forward. Our vision of every youth in Vermont living up to to his or her full potential starts with a strong community of committed partners.

To learn about our SEL partners, click on an individual logo to open a box describing their SEL work.










If you are working with youth in Vermont and you’d like to join our SEL partnership group, please send a brief summary (400 words or less) of your work in the social and emotional learning arena to Sara Forward at saraforward@vermontafterschool.org. If you have a logo you’d like to share please send that as well. Call us if you have questions at 802-448-3464.

SEL Resources

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning:
Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention:
George Lucas Educational Foundation:
Wallace Foundation:
Harvard Center for the Developing Child:
Vanderbilt Center for Social and Emotional Foundations in Early Learning
Lives in the Balance (Dr. Ross Greene’s approach):
Center for Parent Information and Resources:

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