About Us

​Emotional ABCs’ mission is to empower children with the skills to confidently manage their emotions and to help parents, caregivers, and teachers support their child’s or student’s social emotional learning.

The evidence-based Emotional ABCs Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum was developed with psychologists, therapists, and educators and uses careful step-by-step strategies to help children better manage their emotions. The program closely follows guidelines outlined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Emotional ABCs was started in 2010 in Venice, California, by husband and wife team, Ross Brodie and Cynthia Sikes. What began as a parental effort to help their own children with a child-friendly primer has grown over the past decade into the most used Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program in the USA.

Awards

Emotional ABCs has received acclaim from across the spectrum of educational institutions. These range from Common Sense Education’s “Top Pick for Learning” to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Revere Award. Recent accolades include the 2020 CODiE Award, recognition from the American Association of School Libraries (AASL), and the Gold Stevie Award. The Emotional ABCs curriculum is now used by parents and teachers in 110 countries and in more than 85,000 schools.

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Studies

Emotional ABCs recently finished a yearlong (2019/2020) study of Emotional ABCs Classroom at eight diverse schools across the USA. The results showed that Emotional ABCs significantly improved participating students’ social emotional competencies even within a single year compared to students in the control classrooms. See Studies for more details.

Privacy

Emotional ABCs takes privacy issues seriously. Emotional ABCs adheres to the federal privacy protection standards in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 (CalOPPA), the Student Privacy Pledge, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA), California Assembly Bill 1584 (AB 1584) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA - AB 375). Learn more at Privacy.