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What is the Second Step program?

Based on over 20 years of research and classroom application, the award-winning Second Step program integrates academics and social and emotional learning.

Children from preschool through eighth grade learn and practice important skills like anger management, cooperation, respectful behavior, and problem solving. These skills help decrease students' negative and violent behaviors-name calling, fights, and stereotyping-and return the focus of classroom time to where it belongs: learning.

For Teachers


The Center for Public Policy & Social Research (CPPSR) at Central Connecticut State University is dedicated to enriching the quality of public policy, public service, University outreach and applied research in Connecticut. We provide a wide range of information, training, research and consulting services to communities, municipal and state government and non-profit organizations. We develop, facilitate, and support faculty and student projects, which advance their scholarship, applied research and real life experiences.

Eileen Hurst, the Associate Director of the Center for Public Policy and Social Research, is a Second Step instructor trained by Committee for Children. Ms. Hurst provides training on-site in Connecticut school districts and youth agencies. Second Step training is offered to teachers, administrators, psychologist, school counselors, social workers and youth workers as a continuing education course. Teachers are granted CEUs for completion of the entire course.

Want to learn more? Click here to see CCSU Second Step Brochure