bring EQ life skills to your child's school - and your home

parents are a child’s lifelong teacher.  

To varying degrees, parents prepare children with skills to manage their inner lives and outer relationships in ways that allow them to shine. 

Schools can work alongside parents so that the outcomes parents seek in their children’s wellbeing, life skills and emotional intelligence (EQ) are reinforced throughout the school day via what is mostly called Social and Emotional Learning. It’s a difference maker because school is where PreK – 12 students experience the majority of their social interactions. 

Click button below to see research evidence of the benefits of school’s helping build your child’s social and emotional life skills. Parents can even learn helpful tips from schools. Visit our EQ at home Toolkit to bring these practices into your home.

how to ask for EQ LIfe Skills in your schools.

More than 80% of parents support education that helps kids set and achieve goals, approach challenges in a positive way, believe in themselves, and make ethical choices. – among many other life skills and benefits we share about here.  

Sadly, only 25%of schools provide a comprehensive curriculum that addresses all the life skills that Social and Emotional Learning can impart. Many other schools offer some levels of this learning – and could use nudges to do more. 

Here’s our guide to getting SEL activities into your child’s school.

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is proven to equip kids with the personal and interpersonal skills they need to succeed in school, career, relationships, and life. 

Each year we and our allies create webinars for SEL Day featuring parenting experts for parents and SEL-experienced students sharing to other students.

To discover more about this learning and the folks who make it happen:. 

Visit our 2023 SEL Day parenting webinar. 

Visit our extensive 2022 SEL Day parenting webinars. 

Students or parents can visit our two SEL Day 2024 webinars.    

Featuring SEL experienced High School students

Featuring our Youth Board members about social media and EQ/SEL.  

More Parenting Resources  

SEL & Traditional Values

let your middle or HS kid know about our student activities.

We’re building student support for getting these life skills into their schools – and in some cases other schools – so they can experience better school performance (including grades) and happy school experiences – leading to more success tomorrow. Think your daughter or son might be interested?

What Is EQ and SEL?

Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, consists of several groups of crucial emotional life skills. These teachable skills include

Social and Emotional Learning, or SEL, is how these life skills are taught in school.

Why are EQ and SEL important for kids and schools?

Teaching Social and Emotional Learning in schools creates a fun, safe, and healthy learning environment where all students thrive academically and in personal growth and happiness. 

That’s not just our opinion–we’ll show you the research from Harvard, Google, American Enterprise Institute, Brookings Institution, and many more.

Why are EQ and SEL important for adults?

According to the National Network of Business and Industry Associations, employable skills that everyone should possess include

Schools today focus heavily on applied knowledge, even though it accounts for just a quarter of the skills employers desire. The other three quarters? Those are EQ skills that are taught through SEL curriculum. 

And according to the Harvard Business Review, nearly 90% of success in work can be attributed to EQ rather than applied knowledge. 

EQ also leads to success outside of work, in relationships, parenting, and community life. 

Don't schools already teach Social and Emotional Learning?

Today, barely 25% of schools offer a comprehensive approach to Social and Emotional Learning. 

But, more than 80% of parents support education that grows their child’s Emotional Intelligence. 

Parents work everyday as best they know how to increase their kids’ life skills, and nearly all of them want schools to help in this vital process.

EQuip Our Kids! is a national nonprofit campaign raising needed awareness about and support for EQ life skills – especially among parents and businesses.

Our goal is comprehensive EQ life skills instruction in every U.S. preK – 12 classroom by 2030.

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