Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratories

By Staff from David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

A review of the literature on social and emotional learning for students ages 3–8: Characteristics of effective social and emotional learning programs


Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) recently released a series of briefs highlighting SEL programs and policies. The purpose of the report series is to summarize the benefits of social and emotional learning (SEL) in early childhood, and identify the characteristics of SEL interventions that are effective in school contexts.

The series includes the following reports:

  • Characteristics of Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs
  • Implementation Strategies and State and District Support Policies
  • Teacher and Cassroom Strategies that Contribute to Social and Emotional Learning
  • Outcomes for Different Student Populations and Settings

Read and download the series in full here.

Further explore Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratories and its related briefs, research and action steps.

Further Reading


Staff Rating of Youth SEL Skills

From David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality


Preparing Youth to Thrive: Methodology and Findings from the SEL Challenge

From Charles Smith, Gina McGovern, Stephen C. Peck, Reed Larson, Leanne Roy, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

Learn more about the best practices for social and emotional learning.

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