Whole Child

Whole child is a coordinated approach to education and public health that works to ensure that each child will be “healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.” We know from our work in the CSI that, thanks in part to ESSA, many states are organizing to reflect a whole child approach, as well as equity and cultural responsiveness, in their educational systems.


The District Resource Center. Our online portfolio of resources, tools, and templates for school districts identifies several external resources related to whole child. Search for “whole child”


Illinois: The state’s SEL standards and instructional supports are presented within the context of whole child more broadly.

Michigan: The state introduces its SEL competencies by noting, “In combination with the Michigan Health Education Standards, SEL competencies help support a well-rounded education that teaches to the whole child.”

New York: The state’s resources to support implementation of the SEL benchmarks connect to whole child frameworks, as noted in this guidance document.

Tennessee: The state’s SEL competencies address the whole child.

Washington: The state’s SEL standards and benchmarks align with the whole child approach. Find guidance in this report  and on its website and online modules.

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