Bank Street Emotionally Responsive Schools are early childhood programs, elementary schools and middle schools that use the work of Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street to inform their interactions, routines and curriculum. Emotionally Responsive Schools give all staff members in the preschool or elementary school building a deep understanding of child development and social and emotional foundations for learning, as well as supportive techniques for building an empathic school community where children feel safe and connected.

  • Who Can Become an Emotionally Responsive School?

    Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Head Start Programs, and child care centers can join our Community of Bank Street Emotionally Responsive Schools and become connected with Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street. Participants will have access to opportunities for ongoing professional development and support and will be able to connect to other schools who use Emotionally Responsive Practice. Each program that joins must pay a membership fee for the school year.

    Our Bank Street Emotionally Responsive Schools Community is available to schools in New York City and nationwide. New York City public schools can access our Promoting Safe and Supportive Schools requirements contract. Out of town members who come to New York City for the conference and stay for the long weekend can visit a school that practices Emotionally Responsive Practice on Monday.

  • Why Join Emotionally Responsive Schools?

    Research tells us that adverse childhood experiences are common across the income spectrum, and can heighten risk for physical and mental health problems as children grow up, in addition to creating social, emotional and learning issues while they are small. A safe, empathic, engaging school environment can act to diminish stress, nurture the developing brain and become a protective factor for the hundreds of children who attend each year.

  • What are the Emotionally Responsive School membership fees?

    Membership for the 2018-19 school year is now open.

    Membership Fees:

    • School Community Membership: $1,300. This membership entitles schools to send up to five staff members to the Emotionally Responsive Schools Conference, allows teachers to connect via our online Emotionally Responsive Practice Connections Group, and allows school-wide access to quarterly podcasts by Lesley Koplow on social/emotional issues.
    • Enhanced School Community Membership: $3,400. In addition to the benefits of a School Community Membership, this membership includes two onsite classroom coaching visits.
    • Individual Teacher or Social Worker: $275