Emotional Intelligence (EQ) training, which educators call Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), has a profound positive effect on mental health, on child and youth behaviors, and on academic success.
This life skills teaching provides kids of all ages the ability to deal with their feelings, thoughts and relationships with others in a healthy, caring and productive way. Backed by independent studies, many thousands of SEL educators want to see all Pre-K-12 schools include SEL in their curriculum, and most homes adopt its practices.
EQuip Our Kids! is a nonprofit working with many educators and SEL organizations to drive comprehensive SEL adoption in all pre-K-12 schools. And we're addressing the current emotional and mental health emergency in two ways:
--First, we curate and widely distribute a free Parent and Children Emotional Survival Toolkit, which offers the best emotional and mental health home-help available from credible sources like Sesame Street, PBS, NBC, universities and recognized learning experts. These are videos, games, apps and written materials to help children and parents manage the emotional, mental health and relationship stresses of the moment, with long-term positive effects. Kaiser Health Care and LA City Youth and Family units are among those co-promoting the Toolkit to their stakeholders.
--Second, as a pro bono service to several nonprofit SEL organizations, we actively promote, via social-media and advertising, adoption of EQ training in schools and homes for its ability to develop children who can manage whatever life throws at them and build successful lives for themselves.
The lack of parent and public awareness of this learning leaves SEL program providers and educators struggling to get this teaching into schools and into homes via online teaching. They need our help.