SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING PROJECT MONTHLY NEWS
CONNECTIONS
Fostering positive connections and building positive relationships between program staff and the children and youth they care for can play a critical role in the growth and development of Social and Emotional Learning skills. Think about the connections and relationships at your program.

  • Are the staff feeling connected to the children and youth?
  • Do the children and youth feel connected to the staff?
  • How can you develop new connections to foster these important relationships in your program?
  • Does your program need support on strategies to foster positive connections and build positive relationships in your program?

Check out this month's Clips, Snips, and In-A-Snap for resources on building connections. Contact the ACROSS NH Social and Emotional Learning Project Coordinator at ablodgett@seresc.net with thoughts or questions. 
CLIPS, SNIPS, AND IN-A-SNAP
CLIPS
This teacher has a greeting unique to each of the children/youth in her class and they perform it together as a daily ritual. How might a routine/ritual like this connect to building a positive culture?
Does your program have a greeting routine/ritual that you’d like to share? If so, please email Abigail Blodgett at ablodgett@seresc.net. We would love to hear about what you’re doing to greet and connect with the children in your program! 
SNIPS
This month’s snips are from The Search Institute's recently released debrief, “The Intersection of Developmental Relationships, Equitable Environments, and SEL [Insights and Evidence Series]”.
IN-A-SNAP
GUIDES FROM ACROSS NH
This guide seeks to support afterschool programs with the development of policies that seek to include all children and youth. Research shows many positive outcomes from participation in afterschool programs that intentionally address growth in personal and social skills. Thus, suspension and expulsion either limit or eliminate access to programming that is shown to be beneficial for children/youth. 
Social and Emotional Learning takes place in all contexts that children and youth participate: their homes, schools, out-of-school time environments, and communities. The field of afterschool’s commitment to Social and Emotional Learning can make a profound difference in the lives of the young people served, and in the adults who guide them.
Introduction Trainings on Using the Guides:
These trainings are provided to the afterschool community by Abigail Blodgett, SEL Project Coordinator for ACROSS NH, and Susan Gimilaro, ACROSS NH Project Director.
There is no cost, but registration is required. Trainings will be provided through Zoom.
If you have any questions, please email cathy@seresc.net.
NEW SERIES BEGINS IN FEBRUARY

ACROSS NH is pleased to offer the Social, Emotional and Mindful Learning Cohort beginning in February 2021. This five session series is for out-of-schooltime program directors, site coordinators, and other leaders to focus on building SEML in their programs. Sessions will meet on Thursday mornings on Zoom. Registration will be announced in January. If you have any questions, please contact ablodgett@seresc.net or acrossnh@seresc.net.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Abigail J. Blodgett, NH ASMP & ECMP
Social and Emotional Learning Project Coordinator
ACROSS NH, a project of SERESC
165 South River Road, Unit F
Bedford, NH 03110
Art by Mercy, 12 years old
ACROSS NH is a project of the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC) and is funded by the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration. Our goal is to provide statewide technical assistance and professional development opportunities to afterschool providers to support their work in creating high quality, innovative programs for schoolage children.