Newtown, CT— (March 22, 2022) Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement announced today that President Joe Biden and California Governor Gavin Newsom have endorsed the International Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Day. The Choose Love Movement has worked in partnership with #SELDAY since its start in 2019. The Choose Love Movement provides no-cost Character Social Emotional Development (CSED) programs in honor of six year old Sandy Hook victim, Jesse Lewis.
President Joe Biden acknowledged the importance of SEL by providing support to schools through the American Rescue Plan. He stated in his endorsement, “We reaffirm the need to give schools, families and communities the resources required to enhance social-emotional learning. By doing so, we can continue to empower our students to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”
“Advance SEL in California” is a campaign to engage educators, school leaders, parents and communities in a wider conversation about how to promote SEL in California. Newsom recognized SEL Day 2022, saying “Providing all of California’s children with a healthy start is one of the most impactful investments we can make in our state’s future.”
On March 11th, Scarlett Lewis, Chief Movement Officer of Choose Love, presented a free webinar to support #SELDAY along with Equip Our Kids! to promote SEL. Lewis has dedicated her life to raising awareness of SEL, providing free programs, and creating legislation to ensure all students have access to essential life skills.
We know that social emotional learning (SEL) changes lives. Studies show that SEL delivers long-term improvements in skills, behavior, and academic performance while reducing anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. SEL competencies are also critically important for long-term success in today’s economy.
Choose Love programs offer free Character Social Emotional Development programming for children and adults reaching over 3 million children in all 50 states and 120 countries.