Whole Child Partners

We are proud to join forces with leading education, health, arts, and civic organizations to further the Whole Child Initiative. The organizations below have signed on as partners to support a whole child approach to education. Browse our resources for reports, research, tools, and articles from our partners.

Projects and Actions

The College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness (CCCR) coalition, led by ASCD, was created in response to the proposed consolidation of programs that support a well-rounded education in President Obama's Blueprint for Education Reform. Organizations that represent the arts, foreign languages, civics, history, health education, physical education, and student social and emotional supports first convened in April 2010 to advocate for continued federal support for a variety of individual programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. To date, the CCCR coalition has developed and shared broadly two consensus statements, one on supporting these programs in general, and a second that advocates for teacher evaluations in these subjects to be fairly based on multiple criteria of teacher effectiveness. The coalition continues to work to secure bipartisan support for well-rounded education through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


United States

American Association for Health Education

American Association of School Administrators

American Association of School Librarians

American Association of School Personnel Administrators

American Montessori Society

American School Counselor Association

American School Health Association

Americans for the Arts

American String Teachers Association

America's Promise Alliance

Ashoka's Start Empathy Initiative

Association for Middle Level Education

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

Center for Civic Education

Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA

Character Education Partnership

Coalition for Community Schools

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

Comer School Development Program

Council for Exceptional Children

Developmental Studies Center

Directors of Health Promotion and Education

Educational Theatre Association

Engaging Schools

Forum for Education and Democracy

Forum for Youth Investment

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Institute for Global Ethics

International Society for Technology in Education

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

League of American Orchestras

Lincoln Center Institute

National Alliance of Black School Educators

National Art Education Association

National Association for Gifted Children

National Association for Music Education

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

National Association of Elementary School Principals

National Association of School Nurses

National Association of School Psychologists

National Association of Secondary School Principals

National Association of State Boards of Education

National Coalition for Academic Service-Learning

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education

National Dance Association

National Dance Education Organization

National Education Association

National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

National Network for Educational Renewal

National Paideia Center

National Parent Teacher Association

National School Boards Association

National School Climate Center

National Summer Learning Association

Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (Responsive Classroom)

Opera America

Phi Delta Kappa International


Q.E.D. Foundation

Save the Children U.S. Programs

School-Based Health Alliance

School Social Work Association of America

Share Our Strength

Society for Public Health Education

Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education


Special Olympics Project UNIFY


Washington National Opera

Young Audiences Arts for Learning


International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools

International School Health Network

Learning for Well-Being

Principals Australia Institute

Schools for Health in Europe


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