Preschool SEL Resources

The following is a curated list of resources selected by CASEL staff that focuses on social and emotional learning in a preschool setting.

Also check out our SEL in Schools section for more on schoolwide SEL implementation. In the spring of 2018, CASEL will be releasing The Guide to Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning to provide a framework for implementation and recommended resources for school-based teams, including school administrators looking for ways to support an SEL team.

Articles and Book Chapters

Bierman, K. L., & Motamedi, M. (2015). SEL programs for preschool children. In J. A. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook for social and emotional learning: Research and practice (pp. 135-150). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Chapter available with purchase.
Denham, S. A., & Weissberg, R. P. (2004). Social-emotional learning in early childhood: What we know and where to go from here. In E. Chesebrough, P. King, T. P. Gullotta, & M. Bloom (Eds.), A blueprint for the promotion of prosocial behavior in early childhood (pp. 13-50). New York: Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Publishers.
Chapter available with purchase.
Weipeng Yang, Jesus Alfonso D. Datu, Xunyi Lin, Michelle Marie Lau & Hui Li (2019) Can Early Childhood Curriculum Enhance Social-Emotional Competence in Low-Income Children? A Meta-Analysis of the Educational Effects, Early Education and Development, 30:1, 36-59, DOI: 10.1080/10409289.2018.1539557
Article available for purchase.


Denham, S. A., & Burton, R. (2003). Social and emotional prevention and intervention programming for preschoolers (pp. 183-207). Boston, MA: Springer.
Book available for purchase.


CASEL (2013). Effective social and emotional learning programs: Preschool and elementary school edition. Chicago, IL: Author.
View the guide.

Reports and Briefs

Bierman, K.L., Greenberg, M.T., Abenavoli, R. (2016). Promoting social and emotional learning in preschool: Programs and practices that work. Edna Bennet Pierce Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University.
View the report.
Denham, S.A., Ji, P., & Hamre, B. (2010). Compendium of preschool through elementary school social‐emotional learning and associated assessment measures. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois at Chicago and CASEL.
View the report.
Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Kitil, M. J., & Hanson-Peterson, J. (2017). To reach the students, teach the teachers: A national scan of teacher preparation and social and emotional learning. Vancouver, B.C.: University of British Columbia.
View the report.


This webinar offers an introduction to the 2013 CASEL Guide to Preschool and Elementary School social and emotional learning programs. The presenter is CASEL Senior Research Scientist Linda Dusenbury. (54 minutes)

CASEL (2014). Preschool and elementary school guide – A webinar. Retrieved from
View the video.