The information and Resources Below were provided by: 

    Dana Milakovic, PsyD, NCSP| Mental Health/AOD Specialist– Office for Safe Schools

    Department of Education | Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

    333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA  17126

     Information From the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL):

    As the country and world continue to understand how to navigate the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and the public health implications, CASEL urges continued focus on the social and emotional needs of children and adults. CASEL understands that this is an unprecedented time for all, including schools. CASEL is committed to providing support as you continue to identify ways to support the social, emotional, and academic well-being of your students as they navigate social distancing and school closures, among the other life transitions that are occurring.  

    We recognize your difficult work as you continue to support your schools and districts to foster safe, supportive learning environments and positive adult-student relationships (whether they be in-person or virtual) that help students and adults reflect on and process these emotions, discuss and evaluate the news, and learn about and develop strategies for keeping themselves and their communities healthy.

     CASEL has created resources for states, districts, educators, and families to help them highlight how SEL can provide support during this challenging time. These resources are found on our webpage here. We will be continuously updating the webpage as more resources become available.

    To get you started, we want to share some of the initial policy resources we found (that will also be updated on our webpage). CASEL is particularly underscoring that adult SEL is critically important at this time, as adults have shifting and increased pressures as well as responsibilities in reassuring children. The following resources may be useful in addressing the social and emotional needs of your teams, peers, and others:


    Additional Resources


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    PA Parent and Family Alliance

    Unique Journeys | Powerful Voices

    The PA Parent and Family Alliance has compiled useful resources for families and providers across the state.

    Currently the list has over 200 resources in areas such as education, mental wellness, work, necessary services, art, relaxation, and much more. The list will continue to grow. 

    Check it out and feel free to share the link with anyone you think would find it useful.