SEL in Head Start: Evaluating a Tier 2 Intervention

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand intersecting frameworks of social–emotional learning in early childhood.
  2. identify practices to support young children's self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
  3. examine the efficacy of a Tier 2 intervention utilized in Head Start.


Early childhood is an ideal time for targeted promotion of prosocial behaviors and social–emotional skills. The current study investigates the impact of an abbreviated modified version of a second-tier intervention on Head Start students’ social–emotional competencies in rural Western Pennsylvania. Alignment between CASEL competencies, Head Start Early Learning Outcomes, and measures utilized by Head Start and FIRST STEP Next will be discussed. The findings of the study will be shared, with recommendations for practitioners.



Summer Wurster, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Lynanne Black, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Courtney L. McLaughlin


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