Social Emotional Learning: Breaking Down Barriers to Success

On average, 23% of St. Mark parents are single mothers, disproportionate to the 7.1% of the overall Dubuque community and, at their most at-risk sites, the average is up to 45%. St. Mark offers programs before/after school and in the summer for at-risk students pre-K through 5th grade. This programming addresses Dubuque’s critical need for child care options while fostering academic growth. The overall goal is to teach single mothers and girls social emotional skills, surround them with trusting role models to mentor on honing those skills, and equip them with tools needed to effectively implement what they learn.