Frequently Asked Questions 2017-09-04T09:47:25+00:00

What is a “social-emotional education”?

A “social-emotional education” teaches social-emotional skills. These skills include the ability to manage emotions, see challenges as opportunities, successfully communicate, behave appropriately, and recognize how one’s actions impact those around them.

Who is SFK for?

Every child is equally at risk in this complex and ever changing world, and the SFK program was developed to serve them all equally.  From affluent areas of Miami, NYC and London to the slums of Rio De Janeiro and rural villages in Africa – SFK has improved lives. It is considered best for kids between the ages of 6-12.

How does SFK work?

You sign up, you log in, and you start learning! SFK teaches its social-emotional toolkit through a series of short online videos and workbook exercises. They can be completed from anywhere with a tablet or computer and an internet connection.

Is SFK Religious?

No, SFK is not religious. It is a secular social-emotional learning program. From the beginning, SFK has served all faiths and those who do not have a faith affiliation equally. Children from families that identify as Muslim, Christian, Jewish, “Spiritual but Not Religious,” and atheist have all participated and had the same positive outcomes.

Why did RAND honor SFK?

RAND honored the SFK program for exemplary outcomes in categories including communication, learning and study skills, behavior and attention – among others. Read more (here). (link to RAND page)

How are the lessons taught?

The 12 core SFK lessons are taught through one boy’s journey through the “Game of Life”.  Children learn how they can make fulfilling choices and act in ways that benefit others as well as themselves.

Does a parent have to participate?

SFK’s lessons are designed to be facilitated by a parent or teacher.  By participating, parents/teachers build a deeper connection by developing a common vocabulary around social-emotional concepts.

What materials will I need?

When you sign up for SFK you will be provided with a downloadable PDF workbook.  To complete the activities you will also need common household and craft supplies including pencils, paper, glue, markers, and scissors.

What is the time commitment?

Most families say they spend 45 minutes per week for 12 weeks on the program. But everyone can choose their own pace! You can go as quickly or as slowly as you choose.

How quickly will I see benefits?

Parents of over 65,000 children around the globe who have completed the SFK curriculum saw significant behavioral and perspective improvements within 3 weeks of beginning SFK.

Is SFK a Non-Profit?

SFK is a global non-profit that seeks to spread social-emotional education to every child, everywhere. In accordance with that mission, SFK charges those in communities (like the US) where the population can afford to pay and uses that revenue to subsidize the programs they offer for free in developing nations where children need to not only be offered the classes, but internet and laptops as well.

How big is SFK? (scope of program reach)

SFK has been taught in 22 countries and translated into 5 different languages. We have helped more than 65,000 children worldwide and are reaching out to more communities all the time.

How was SFK started? (a brief explanation of “why” and “how”)

SFK was founded in 2002 by a Karen Berg and a group of like-minded mothers, educators, and mental health professionals. They saw that some of the most critical life skills were being left out of traditional education and decided to do something about it.

Who supports SFK? (a shout out to donors and ambassadors) global community who have seen work

From the very beginning SFK has been completely supported by an ever-expanding group of dedicated donors, ambassadors, and volunteers. Our global community of donors and ambassadors who have seen the program’s results first hand.

Can I share, help, and/or teach SFK?

Yes!  There are many ways to get involved and support SFK.  You can make a tax-deductible donation through our site. Or, you can get certified to teach the class to groups. You can become a global ambassador, or volunteer at specific events.  See the “Get Involved” page for more information on all these options.