We are pleased to announce that the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality will be the evaluation partner on SCE’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Challenge. This open, national challenge seeks to explore and expand the capacities of afterschool programs skillfully promoting social and emotional competencies that equip youth for life success.
As the evaluators for this project, the Weikart Center will:
- draw stories of practice from exemplary programs;
- synthesize these practices in terms of a framework for building specific SEL skills developed from the field’s leading-edge evidence base with major contributions by Reed Larson;
- provide technical guidance for implementation of a program evaluation of these practices; and
- publish a Guide for Building Social and Emotional Skills with Vulnerable Youth that will inventory best practices anchored in case studies of exemplary programs, provide a program evaluation design that is feasible for program providers to implement, present a discussion of cross-site findings from program evaluations and provide a technical appendix of the results of the study.
Letters of inquiry were submitted in January. Requests for proposals will be released in March, and grantees will be announced in April. We invite you to learn more about the Weikart Center: http://www.cypq.org/