Building Better Futures
A child’s emotional health and social skill development are foundational to academic achievement and success beyond school. Tools for Life is an evidenced-based Social Emotional Learning (SEL) resource that influences positive child development and leads to better futures.

Nurture emotional intelligence

Tools for Life nurtures the emotional intelligence a child needs to become resilient and build sustainable, healthy relationships.

Evidenced-based SEL Approach

Tools for Life is an evidenced-based Social Emotional Learning approach that was developed over twenty years ago by mental health experts to support the needs and well-being of all children from age 2½ to Grade 8.

Relationship-building Strategies and Problem-solving Tools

At the core of Tools for Life are relationship-building Strategies and specific problem-solving Tools that are easily internalized and integrated into children's activities, all day ... every day!

Implemented across North America

These highly interactive resources
have been implemented in hundreds
of school classrooms, child care centers, and other places of learning throughout Canada and the United States of America.

Boost academic readiness for success

Possessing the social emotional skills needed to thrive at every stage of their development, boosts student academic readiness for success in each grade level.

Common Language

Tools for Life establishes a common language and a common set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do at different stages.

Curriculum Fit

Concepts and skills have been structured to be directly linked to outcomes and expectations for each grade level with clear goals and benchmarks for monitoring progress.

Practical and Flexible

Best of all, Tools for Life is not another add-on program. The highly interactive resources are fun and flexible – providing “teaching moments” that can be seamlessly embedded in the class curriculum ... all day, every day.

Create a safe and positive school climate

Tools for Life offers a school-wide approach to social-emotional learning to help create a safe and positive school climate.

Consistency at every age

Resources have been designed to grow with the students – from preschool through adolescence – establishing a common language and a common set of expectations for all social interactions.

Meaningful Support and Training

Tools for Life provides on-going training and professional development for early childhood educators, all teaching staff, administrators and families, with an emphasis on supporting teachers' and parents’ SEL skills.

Amplification of Learning at Home

Tools for Life HomeSTART is a stand-alone resource for families that not only reinforces and extends classroom social emotional learning, it embeds direct instruction and practice into all of a child’s daily activities.

Tools for Life would like to acknowledge that we are located on the Haldimand Tract,
land promised to the Haudenosaunee people of Six Nations, which includes six miles
on each side of the Grand River, in the Province of Ontario. This territory is
the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee Peoples.

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