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Modeled after the Choose Love Enrichment Program, Champions Choose Love focuses on the Social Emotional Learning Skills a team leader can utilize to develop self-awareness, strengthen relationships with coaches, teammates and competitors, and develop responsible decision-making skills.

In 2016, New Hampshire began developing a comprehensive system of care for children’s behavioral health. School districts adopted the New Hampshire Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports for Behavioral Health (MTSS-B), establishing expanded school-based prevention efforts including social emotional learning and a focus on school culture and climate.

In July of 2018, Governor Chris Sununu's School Safety Preparedness Taskforce released its report – the first of its kind in the nation. As a result, New Hampshire was the first state in the nation to adopt the Jesse Lewis Choose Love curriculum to promote Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in New Hampshire schools. The comprehensive SEL curriculum is available to schools at no cost, and has since been downloaded by more than 400 New Hampshire schools. Additional programs designed for infants and toddlers, athletes and coaches, communities, and homes are also available at no cost.

Governor Sununu has institutionalized the program with the hiring of a Choose Love Movement Program Director, who reports to the Governor’s Office and works closely with the Department of Education, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Safety. Town officials, local chambers of commerce, and other stakeholder organizations are also integrated.

Continuing support of these structures, the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Office of Social & Emotional Wellness will lead a three-pronged approach to improve children’s behavioral health system of care, in partnership with other state agencies. Funds from the School Climate Transformation Grant will be used to build, improve, or enhance the multi-tiered behavioral framework; establish local student wellness teams; and collect and report data to inform school climate efforts. This project will provide technical assistance to develop LEAs infrastructure, identify opportunities to strengthen professional development and training, and receive technical assistance to advance and sustain school climate transformation efforts through the adoption of policies, practices, and programs that address both in- and out-of-school time.


Shannon Desilets
Program Coordinator, Office of Governor Chris Sununu
(603) 271-7450
[email protected]