Competent Kids Caring Communities (CKCC) Social Emotional Learning Program

Use Kickboard to measure student growth and effectiveness of CKCC, a preK-5 social emotional learning (SEL) program with a focus on family-school collaboration.

Measure CKCC Social Emotional Skills with Kickboard Tools

The Guide for CKCC Assessment with Kickboard, available exclusively on the Kickboard platform, is a curated set of 28 behaviors related to the five social-emotional competencies addressed in the CKCC curriculum plus an additional category for family engagement. The guide also provides guidance for data collection and analysis for schools implementing CKCC.


CKCC Assessment with Kickboard

Kickboard enables CKCC schools to:

  • Collect and analyze real-time data on student SEL skills and behavior
  • Measure student development of CKCC skills over time at the individual, class, school and districtwide levels
  • Use the DESSA SEL Inventory, exclusively offered on the Kickboard platform, for research-based, real-time measurement of SEL competencies aligned to CKCC
  • Evaluate effectiveness of CKCC based on student development of SEL competencies
  • Create and monitor data-informed intervention plans for students requiring targeted (Tier 2) or intensive (Tier 3) SEL intervention

Social Emotional Learning Curriculum for Elementary

CKCC is an evidence-based intervention that aligns with the DESSA (Devereux Student Strengths Assessment), a standardized social-emotional assessment measure. CKCC is extremely user-friendly, strengthens executive functioning as well as social-emotional skills, aligns with Common Core Standards, and includes ongoing support, coaching, and professional development.

CKCC Social Emotional Curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten

CKCC for Early Childhood is a literacy-based curriculum centering on the “Adventures of the Garden Friends” (metaphorical characters enrolled in the “Garden School”). It is organized into five units according to the SEL Common Core Standards for Pre-Kindergarten. At the heart of the curriculum are thirty beautifully illustrated picture books and puppets that are used to act out and creatively extend the stories.

Training, a teacher’s guide, and “feelings cards” are included as well. Send-home password protected audio books are also a part of the package, enabling families to practice the skills taught in their homes. Because CKCC for Early Childhood uses the same “Garden Friends” characters as Grades K and 1, it aims to facilitate a seamless transition to kindergarten.

CKCC Social Emotional Curriculum for Elementary

CKCC for grades K-5 is based upon the notion that, for student success, the traditional “3 R’s”—‘Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic, need to be extended to include 5 additional “R’s.” CKCC’s “5 R’s” correspond to the five social-emotional competencies delineated by the Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Each weekly lesson clearly states which of the “5 R’s” is being emphasized.

Unique features include:

  • Colorful PowerPoint presentations accompanying each lesson
  • Guidelines to enhance family-school collaboration
  • Interactive home-school activities translated into Spanish
  • Guidelines to differentiate instruction
  • Mindfulness techniques to help students prepare to learn
  • Available in print and electronic formats

Evidence-Based SEL Curriculum

CKCC is an evidence-based intervention and the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has deemed CKCC a “SELect” social-emotional learning program. CKCC is included in the CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs.

Family-School Collaboration

As part of Ackerman Institute for the Family, CKCC is keenly aware that family involvement is intricately tied to student success. Along with social-emotional skill-building, involving families in children’s learning has a proven track record of increasing motivation and improving achievement.

The goal of family-school school collaboration is to connect all families, whether they can come to school or not, to their children’s learning in educationally meaningful ways. Families are the “experts” on their own children, and an often untapped resource for enhancing their children’s school experience.