Head Start REDI

Start Date: 2003
Funder: National Institute on Child Health and Human Development

CSC Project Web Site

Head Start REDI (REsearch-based, Developmentally Informed) is a randomized intervention and control group study that tests the value of a modified preschool curriculum designed to enhance children's school readiness. This program, which will be implemented in 20 Head Start classrooms across central Pennsylvania, features several innovations including: scripted dialogic reading exercises to increase levels of conversation, vocabulary acquisition, and interest in books; phonemic awareness activities to promote knowledge of and facility with sounds and words; small-group lessons focused on helping children identify emotions, regulate behavior, solve problems with others, and form friendships; and specific teaching strategies to create more positive learning climates and boost children's attachment to school. Special efforts have been made to integrate each empirically-validated component of the curriculum across the school day and week in a way that is easy and convenient for teachers and their assistants to implement.

Principal Investigators


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Karen Bierman

Director, Child Study Center, and Distinguished Professor of Psychology

kb2@psu.edu


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Celene Domitrovich

Assistant Director, Prevention Research Center

cxd130@psu.edu

Investigators


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Janet Welsh

Research Associate

jaw900@psu.edu


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Scott D. Gest

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

gest@psu.edu


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Robert Nix

Research Associate

rnix@psu.edu


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Sukhdeep Gill

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

sgill@psu.edu


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Keith Nelson

Professor of Psychology

k1n@psu.edu