What is it about?

This study qualitatively captures the experiences of Head Start/Early Head Start directors as they continued to support children’s social-emotional development throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Why is it important?

Findings from this research inform ongoing national conversations around lessons learned for children, families, and educators in a post-pandemic world.


This paper came about from my dissertation work at the University of Illinois Chicago. I am grateful to the incredible Head Start program directors who generously shared their stories with me, the IL Head Start Association, and my dissertation committee. It is my hope that the amazing innovation that emerged during COVID-19 will continue to guide the field of early childhood in coming years.

Callie Silver
Stanford University

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This page is a summary of: Lessons for the future: Supporting the social-emotional needs of children, families, and educators in Head Start during the COVID-19 pandemic., Translational Issues in Psychological Science, September 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/tps0000335.
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