CSRP has shown the benefits of high-quality Head Start preschool classrooms that emphasize teaching students how to regulate their emotions and behavior. These benefits extend to…
CSRP increased preschool students’ readiness to tackle the challenges of elementary school. Students in the intervention had higher levels of attention, were less impulsive, and performed better on tasks that measure executive function (Executive Function is students’ ability to process information and control their behavior to achieve goals). The children also demonstrated better early verbal and math skills. All of these findings show that CSRP really gave these children a leg up for entering elementary school!CSRP benefits low-income and ethnic minority students. The CSRP intervention improved the quality of Head Start classrooms for many students. Preschool teachers reported that the children in the CSRP intervention acted out less, got in trouble less, and were generally happier and more social. Researchers found that classrooms that focus on improving students’ self-regulation significantly reduced their behavioral and emotional problems.
Parents & Families
Mothers of the students in CSRP classrooms were significantly more likely to go back to school compared to those with students in the non-CSRP Head Start classrooms. Over 38% of the mothers of children in the CSRP program increased their education in the years following Head Start, and 27% completed a new degree. This additional schooling really paid off! The mothers who achieved a new degree made almost, on average, an additional $10,000 a year.
In addition to helping students, CSRP provided teachers with mental health support and trained them to manage and respond to stressful situations. Being a preschool teacher can be a very tough job. In the classroom, teachers must educate students while managing their behaviors and the stresses that come with teaching. Because of CSRP’s comprehensive classroom strategy, students did not act out as often, reducing teachers’ overall stress.