• Monica Gupta Mehta

Second Step

Program Snapshot from Wallace Foundation

Second Step is a PreK-8 program designed to help children understand and manage their emotions, control their reactions, be aware of others’ feelings, and develop problem-solving and responsible decision-making skills using games, stories, and songs. Second Step’s Elementary Kit for Grades 3-5 provides a scripted curriculum for each grade that consists of 22-25 weekly lessons that last 20-45 minutes, followed by four subsequent 5- to 10-minute followthrough activities to be delivered over the course of the week. Each main lesson typically includes an introduction to the lesson concepts, a Brain Builder game that develops cognitive regulation skills, a discussion of a story or video with an SEL theme, an opportunity for students to practice new skills, and a brief review of lesson concepts. Follow-through activities vary based on the lesson and may include Brain Builder games, skill practice, songs, and writing or drawing activities. Developed by the Committee for Children.


Areas of Focus (as stated by program) Skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem-solving




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