We have made some exciting and progressive changes to the Strong Kids programs in light of recent advances in research, theory, and science of implementation in the field of social and emotional learning "SEL".

Our efforts to create an effective, user-friendly, and practical mental health promotion program, coupled with the real-world experience and feedback we gained over nearly 20 years of research and development and use, have convinced us that the Strong Kids curriculum has much to offer and can be a valuable tool for facilitating SEL, promoting resilience, and teaching coping skills.

We hope that users who were acquainted with the first edition of the Strong Kids programs find the updated versions familiar, but with new twists and fresh angles, and that new users of the Strong Kids programs find the second edition intuitive, cohesive, and timely.



Strong Start—Pre–K helps young children develop the social-emotional skills they need to build a strong foundation for school success. Through engaging classroom activities, children learn about emotions, managing anger, solving interpersonal problems, and more. This scientifically based curriculum runs for 10 weeks. Partially scripted lessons, handouts, and worksheets are included and available as downloads. For purchase information, click here.
Strong Start—Grades K–2 helps children develop the social-emotional skills they need to build a strong foundation for school success. Through engaging classroom activities, children learn about emotions, managing anger, solving interpersonal problems, and more. This scientifically based curriculum runs for 10 weeks. Partially scripted lessons, handouts, and worksheets are included and available as downloads. For purchase information, click here.
Strong Kids—Grades 3–5 helps students develop the social-emotional skills they need to thrive in both school and life. Through engaging classroom activities, students learn to identify and manage their own emotions, take the perspectives of others, and much more. This scientifically-based program includes instructions for preparation and use, 12 partially scripted lessons, a knowledge test, fidelity checklist, and worksheets. For purchase information, click here.
Strong Kids—Grades 6–8 helps pre-teens develop the social-emotional skills they need to thrive in both school and life. Through engaging, thought-provoking classroom activities, students learn to manage their own thoughts and emotions, set goals, work through conflict, and much more. This scientifically-based program includes instructions for use, 12 partially scripted lessons, a knowledge test, fidelity checklist, and worksheets. For purchase information, click here.
Strong Teens—Grades 9–12 helps adolescents develop the social-emotional skills they need to thrive in both school and life. Through engaging activities appropriate for teens, students learn to manage their own thoughts and emotions, empathize, cope with stress, work through conflict, and much more. This scientifically-based program includes instructions for use, 12 partially scripted lessons, a knowledge test, fidelity checklist, and worksheets. For purchase information, click here.

For the past 20 years, efforts to effectively teach social and emotional skills have been guided by a framework termed social and emotional learning (SEL). Within the SEL framework, social and emotional skills are taught in a coordinated manner using strategic planning and regular evaluations to gauge outcomes (Greenberg et al., 2003; Merrell & Gueldner, 2010). The goal is to provide all students with effective support to mitigate risk and foster resilience (Greenberg et al., 2003). A growing body of evidence demonstrates that social and emotional skills lead to higher academic achievement (see Durlak, et al., 2011). In fact, arecent report by the National Research Council (NRC; 2012) identified interpersonal and intrapersonal competence to be essential for building 21st century skills necessary to thrive in today’s global society. Further, see more SEL Research