You Can Do It! Education (YCDI) is an approach to raising children that focuses on ways in which homes and schools can develop the attitudes and social-emotional skills children need to be achieving to the best of their ability and to experience high levels of happiness and well-being.
Over 20 years ago, the founder of You Can Do It! Education, Michael Bernard, wrote a best-selling book: You Can Do It! What Every Student (and Parent) Should Know About Success in School and Life. In this book, he described the social and emotional skills and positive attitudes young people needed to have to be successful and happy including the importance of setting goals, managing time, having positive attitudes, being self-confident and self-accepting, being self-motivated, managing stress and exam anxiety and ways to develop positive relationships.
Michael Bernard proposed that schools should not only teach the academic curriculum but also assume responsibility for providing young people of all ages a social and emotional education that he said was the foundation for learning and wellbeing. Encouraged by teachers and parents, he wrote a 1,200 page curriculum for teachers to present to in class covering all years of schooling, Program Achieve. A Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, that taught positive attitudes and social-emotional skills.
Over the years, over 5,000 of Australia’s 10,000 schools, (kindergarten/ preparatory,Years 1-12) and over 1,000,000 young people throughout Australia have participated in the You Can Do It! Education Program. And today, thousands of young children (ages 4-6) are learning about resilience, confidence, persistence, organisation and how to get along as their teachers introduce them to the puppets, songs, posters and activities from The You Can Do It! Early Childhood Education Program: Developing Social-Emotional Competence.