Social and emotional learning in the early years predicts school success more than academic ability alone.
Building the skills to
do better in school.
Over the last 20 years, numerous studies have confirmed what teachers have already known: that social and emotional learning in the early years is critical to improving children’s well-being, behaviour, and academic success. In fact, research has shown that on average, students with strong SEL skills do 11% better on their test scores!
As parents, teachers, caregivers and early years providers, it’s time to challenge the notion that academic preparedness is the most important part of early childhood development. Acquiring knowledge in the early years is important, but the social and emotional skills required to build a foundation for these competencies are essential.
“During early childhood, growth in academic skill is positively associated with growth in SEL skills.”
– Robert Wood Johnson Foundation