Parent SEL Resources

The following is a curated list of resources selected by CASEL staff that focus on the role of parents and parenting in social and emotional learning (SEL).

Also check out our SEL in the Home section for more on how parents and families can develop their children’s social and emotional know-how. It includes a list of Top Ten Books for Parents (courtesy of expert Jennifer Miller).

Articles and Book Chapters

Miller, J. S. (2020). Confident parents, confident kids: Raising emotional intelligence in ourselves and our kids – from toddlers to teenagers. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press. Retrieved from:
Purchase the book
Miller, J. (2015). The power of parenting with social and emotional learning. Huffington Post, April 15, 2015.
View the article.
Ribas, W.B.; Brady D.; Hardin J.M.; Gumlaw, E. (2018). Social-Emotional Learning in the Home: A Practical Guide for Integrating the Development of Social-Emotional Skills into Your Parenting. Ribas Associates
Book available for purchase from publisher.

Guides and Tools

Fredericks, L., Weissberg, R.P., Resnik, H., Patrikakou, E., & O’Brien, M.U. (2005) Schools, families, and social and emotional learning: Ideas and tools for working with parents and families. Chicago and Philadelphia: CASEL and Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory for Student Success.
View the guide.
Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership, University of Illinois Extension, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), & Illinois State Board of Education. (2009). Raising caring, confident, capable children: What parents and caregivers need to know about social and emotional learning (SEL) and why it deserves your support in school and at home. Chicago, Springfield, IL: Authors.
View the guide.


Albright, M. I., Weissberg, R. P., & Dusenbury, L. A. (2011). School-family partnership strategies to enhance children’s social, emotional, and academic growth. Newton, MA: National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, Education Development Center, Inc.
View the report.
Bierman, K.L., Morris, P.A., Abenavoli, R.M. (2017). Parent engagement practices improve outcomes for preschool children. Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University
View the report.


CASEL (2017). SEL in the home Chicago, IL: Author. Retrieved from
View the webpage.
Edutopia. (2014). A parent’s resource guide to social and emotional learning. San Francisco: Author. Retrieved from
View the webpage.
Miller, J. S. (2017). Confident parents confident kids (blog). December 26, 2017 (11:30am).
View the webpage.
NBC (2016). Parent toolkit. New York: Author. Retrieved from
View the webpage.
Social and Emotional Learning Research Group (2017). Parent resources. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois, Chicago. Retrieved from:
View the webpage.


An informational video by CASEL and Chicago Public Schools for parents on social and emotional learning (SEL). The video aims to inform parents on SEL in schools and provide them with insights on SEL in their own parenting practices in order to support their children’s social and emotional know-how. Funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Produced by: First Gear Productions. Also available in Spanish.

CASEL (2017). SEL for parents. Chicago Public Schools, McCormick Foundation, Marshall Square Resource Network.
View the video in English.
View the video in Spanish.