SEL in Afterschool Day

Leading Education and Out-of-School Time Organizations Launch Inaugural SEL in Afterschool Day

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


We think our community has something to celebrate! To build awareness of the important intersection of social emotional learning (SEL) and afterschool, we created a milestone day that highlights the positive impact of SEL in afterschool programming. We see SEL in Afterschool Day – Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – as having served as a touchpoint for thought leaders, experts, and funders in this space to amplify our collective voice in support of SEL in afterschool and share best practices, success stories, and data.

Why SEL in Afterschool

We know SEL is a critical part of every child’s development. Likewise, afterschool and out-of-school time programming has a significant impact on students and provide young people with the opportunity to learn new things and build important skills through real-world experiences and engaging activities. When SEL and afterschool come together, amazing things can happen. Research tells us that students who regularly participate in high-quality afterschool programming with SEL elements report gains in social skills, behavior, empathy, and motivation–key social and emotional competencies that help them succeed in school, work, and life.


Initial metrics show the hashtag #SELinAfterschool was used more than 180 times on April 24th! Our resources and infographics are still available and are applicable throughout the year:

Thank You, Partners!

  • Afterschool Alliance
  • After-School All-Stars
  • After School Matters
  • American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF)
  • Aperture Education
  • Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, Academic Development
  • Ballmer Group
  • BELL
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Children’s Institute
  • Forum for Youth Investment
  • Girls Inc.
  • Greater Rochester After-School Alliance (GRASA)
  • Higher Achievement
  • National Afterschool Association (NAA)
  • Salud America
  • Singing for Change
  • Susan Crown Exchange
  • Wallace Foundation
  • Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
  • Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence