Parent and Caregiver Voices

Real Stories, Real Families

Why do parents and caregivers support social and emotional learning (SEL) for their children? CASEL and The Allstate Foundation partnered with families across the country to answer that question. 

Have a listen as seven caregivers nationwide share why they believe in an education that prioritizes SEL. We believe their stories will inspire more caregivers to support the development of social and emotional competencies for the leaders of today and tomorrow.

Meet Jason Miller (Ohio)
Meet Jason Miller (Ohio)

“It’s really up to us to continue to cultivate the skills at that relevant age – while also doing the same work for ourselves.”

Tune in: 2 mins, 48 secs

Meet April Ybarra (California)
Meet April Ybarra (California)

She has to know the why behind everything. For her teacher to recognize it as a strength and value her for being curious was heartfelt.”

Tune in: 2 mins, 17 secs

Meet Shara Ayers (Tenn.)
Meet Shara Ayers (Tenn.)

“Social and emotional learning contributes to who you are, what you do, the things you say, and how you act.” 

Tune in: 2 mins, 19 secs

Meet Mari Terczak (Michigan)
Meet Mari Terczak (Michigan)

“SEL is a true extension of our parenting values and our parent goals – at the very heart of them.”

Tune in: 2 mins, 24 secs

Meet Xiaohong Li (Illinois)
Meet Xiaohong Li (Illinois)

“You can build up solutions for any problem, any challenges, any goal, or any dream you want.”

Tune in: 2 mins, 3 secs

Meet April Williams (Georgia)
Meet April Williams (Georgia)

“I want them to be able to understand how they’re feeling in a moment and what it is that they need.”

Tune in: 2 mins, 22 secs

Meet Mike Wilson (Texas)
Meet Mike Wilson (Texas)

“It’s important for them to understand how they feel about a particular topic, even if it’s against the majority.”

Tune in: 2 mins, 6 secs