DeCaro, Collaborators Receive Head Start Grant

Dr. Jason DeCaro
Dr. Jason DeCaro

Jason DeCaro is one of several recipients of a grant from the Administration of Children and Families who will implement and assess intervention programs to improve school readiness and child well-being among Head Start preschoolers in West Alabama. In partnership with the Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSPWAL), he and the other grantees (Ansley Gilpin and John Lochman from Psychology and Caroline Boxmeyer from Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine) will follow children into first grade to assess the effectiveness of programs that teach children social and emotion regulation skills, and support parents and teachers in fostering positive home and school environments. DeCaro and colleagues are receiving $2.25 million over 5 years to assess these program, which a classroom curriculum for the children, and interventions to address broader challenges – such as parental mental health, job prospects, and financial obstacles – that influence family well-being. Dr. DeCaro’s involvement in the project centers around assessing child stress to determine what difference stress responses at baseline make in the effectiveness of the intervention, and how well the intervention does in mitigating stress over the long term.

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