School Initiatives

The UCLA CARES Center offers training for teachers in programs designed to help students learn skills for managing feelings of stress and anxiety and strengthen their resilience in the face of challenges.

Calm Classroom

The CARES Center offers training in Calm Classroom, an in-classroom mindfulness program that engages students in short three-minute mindfulness exercises throughout the day.Learn more about Calm Classroom here.

FOCUS Resilience Curriculum

The CARES Center offers training in the FOCUS Resilience Curriculum for kids and teens. This curriculum includes nine (9) interactive sessions that build on students’ current strengths and teach key skills related to communication, problem solving, goal setting, emotion regulation, and managing stress.

Expert Presentations for Parents, Staff, and Students

Are you interested in hosting one of our anxiety and resilience experts to talk to your students, parents, or staff?We are available to share our expertise with your school community in-person or virtually through webinars and online conferencing. For information or to consult with us, please contact

Fuertes Juntos/Strong Together

is a resilient parenting program that uses skills building activities and mindfulness exercises to help parents build on their current strengths. Parents learn skills and exercises in the classroom, which they can later teach and use with their families at home. UCLA CARES staff works closely with the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools to facilitate the Fuertes Juntos/Strong Together curriculum at three different schools including Jordan High School, Santee Educational Complex, and Roosevelt High School. These schools are located in Watts and Boyle Heights, two historically underserved and under-resourced communities. Currently, the curriculum is facilitated once a month at each school, over a period of six months. The Fuertes Juntos/Strong Together curriculum consists of six sessions. Each session lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. However, the curriculum is flexible and can be facilitated in various ways, such as weekly, biweekly, or monthly. The curriculum is available in both English and Spanish.