Social and Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time Settings

By Staff from The Wallace Foundation

In efforts to unify the linguistic landscape, the Wallace Foundation appointed Edge Research in Arlington, VA as the primary market research firm to delve into the many terms surrounding the concept of educating children beyond academic knowledge.

Many educators have embraced the field of social and emotional learning (SEL), adding programs that help children build skills beyond academics to ensure they are better prepared to succeed in school and in life. A growing body of research suggests that focusing on SEL in out-of-school-time (OST) settings has benefits for children as well.

In fact, according to a new research brief, OST leaders are often more likely to say that SEL is central to their mission than education leaders, making afterschool or summer programs a good environment for adding an explicit focus on SEL.

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