ADVOCATING FOR EARLY LEARNING
Learning Lifeskills Begins at Birth
As advocates for social and emotional learning (SEL), our programs are built around the idea that everyone should have access to SEL. We believe that SEL should be a part of the core curriculum in pre-school and early learning centers, and that SEL should be mandated in K-12th grades as a core subject, just like reading, writing, math and science.
We plan to see this happen through the following:
- ADVOCATING for quality early learning programs for ALL children, from birth through 5 years, and also advocating for SEL to be mandated as a core subject in all schools for K-12th grades
- EDUCATING by making our free Alive2Thrive curriculum available to everyone who wants to use it, and by supporting other organizations that do the same. Alive2Thrive is a series of 36 short 2- to 3-minute videos that help people understand themselves, manage themselves, understand others and relate to others. We also educate through the use of sayings, and tips available here on our website.
- INVESTING in children and teens and our whole community by offering our Hand-Up Tuition Assistance program to help parents of pre-schoolers that are in quality early learning centers we work with, and through our High School Scholarship program for teens. We also invest in the parents of pre-schoolers in our Hand-Up program by offering them the opportunity to participate in our Alive2Thrive program so they too can learn SEL.
We strongly believe that a part of our tax dollars should be used to help create a better society by investing in our families and children and provide funding for quality early learning for ALL children in the U.S. which is run by the private sector, and which is measured, monitored and rated by a third party to assure excellence.
We need to wake up and help parents and their children -- just because people can make babies, this does not necessarily make them good parents or teachers.
We all know that babies don’t come with manuals. People who don’t know how to be parents and teachers are trying to get good parenting and/or teaching results, but every parent needs all the support they can get to raise well-adjusted children.
Before formal education was instituted, society realized that parents simply were not equipped to get the job done. Imagine if we did not have formal education, and if much of our society could not even read – what a mess we would have!
If we invest our tax dollars into our children, and if we teach SEL to all people as children, they will require fewer of the costly services later in their lives that our tax dollars pay for now.
It’s proven that people who have SEL skills are better adjusted, more productive, healthier members of society.
Ongoing education in SEL throughout life will help ALL people be their best selves, and it only makes sense for all of us to invest in all children by providing quality early learning for all children in the United States. If we want a nation where people work together, regardless of anything else, social and emotional learning must be a core part of our education system.
AFTER ALL, WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN ALL OF OUR CHILDREN?
How to use santorofoundation.org
This website is a free resource of material to help improve your social and emotional intelligence. The material on this website ranges from individual “sayings” to a full curriculum program called Alive2Thrive. To help you become your best self, please review all this site has to offer. It is important you pass this site along to others so they can be the best they can be and by doing so we will build the best society.