CASEL Caregiver Guide


SEL Discussion Series for Parents and Caregivers

Families are a child’s first teacher and an essential factor in the cultivation of social and emotional
competencies throughout a child’s life. When schools and families work together, they can build strong
connections that reinforce social-emotional skill development. In fact, research suggests that evidence-based SEL programs are more effective when they extend into the home.

This discussion series was developed to support schools and community partners that wish to engage
parents and caregivers in conversations about the social and emotional growth of their families. Each
of these eight sessions helps caregivers become more familiar with social and emotional learning and
encourages them to actively engage in their own growth while supporting their children to practice social
and emotional skills.

Each session lasts about 60 minutes and is scripted in both English and Spanish. It is recommended that
groups be limited to no more than 10 participants to ensure that each participant is able to contribute.