Dr. Shira Mattera, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC)
The Head Start CARES study is a large-scale randomized control trial of three different social-emotional interventions in Head Start (Incredible Years Teacher Training, Preschool PATHS, and Tools of the Mind – Play). Dr. Mattera described the implementation system put in place to support the enhancements, including training, coaching, monitoring, and technical assistance, as well as how they were used in the classroom. Also she presented the impacts of each enhancement on teacher practices and child outcomes. Finally, Dr. Mattera discussed lessons learned about supporting and implementing these social-emotional enhancements at scale across the country.