Promoting Healthy Development

Promoting Self-Regulation Skills and Healthy Eating Habits in Head Start

Duration: 2014 - Present
Funding: University of Wisconsin
Principal Investigator: Michelle Hostetler
Partners: University of Wisconsin, Early Head Start


This five-year grant, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, involves a res earch team from the University of Wisconsin and Penn State working with Early Head Start programs in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to improve: (1) parents’ sensitive scaffolding of toddlers’ learning, (2) toddlers’ self-regulation skills, such as waiting patiently, and (3) healthy eating habits. The ultimate goal of this prevention program is to enhance school readiness and physical health among children living in poverty

Research Team