A Quiet Moment


“My students beg for it. They have been far more able to deal with all emotions and to better manage stress and anxiety after practicing a quiet moment. I think every classroom would benefit from it.”
3rd grade teacher

What is a Quiet Moment?

A Quiet Moment is a 60-second period of time during which children reflect silently at the beginning of each school day. Content for the silent reflection is suggested by the children’s parents or guardians.

Why the Quiet Moment?

Studies have shown that children who participate in Quiet Moments have displayed improved grades in school, better behavior at home and in school, and increased respect for teachers and parents. It has decreased anxiety, bullying, disrespect, depression, and crime.

Since the mid-1980s, the movement has gained adherents in the U.S. and beyond as many schools, public and private, have begun to start their days with a quiet moment of reflection.

A Quiet Moment

A Quiet Moment is currently mandated for public schools in 12 states and encouraged (but not required) in another 25. It is legal everywhere in the United States. The children who participate in this program reap the benefit of an injection of meaning at the start of the school day. Because of its inherently non-sectarian and secular nature, the Quiet Moment has confidently weathered litigation and is currently permitted or mandated in 34 states. While the Quiet Moment is legal, it is not always instituted, even in states where it is mandatory by law. A growing body of evidence from scholars attests to the concept’s positive impact on the student body.

At Saving Lives Camarillo, we believe that the Quiet Moment is a key to providing our youth the moral compass to stay off drugs. To date, we are excited to partner with the Camarillo Public Schools to pilot the Quiet Moment. Data is currently being collected to assess the success of the program. Stay tuned as we keep you updated on this important endeavor!


Sit down with your child. Share with them the values you cherish. Give them the gift of the positive reflection you decide upon.

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