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Creating a District-Wide K–5 SEL Program

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Recognizing that social and emotional learning would be especially important this year, one district created a program to address that need.

In Meriden Public Schools in Connecticut, 77 percent of students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals, and the strains of poverty have increased significantly since the pandemic. As educators, we recognize that meeting the needs of the whole child requires us to start early to avoid having disengaged and disenfranchised students in middle and high school.

In response, Meriden has created a district-wide SEL program across our eight elementary schools.