Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 151–159 | Cite as

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool Students: A Study of Strong Start Pre-K

  • Leslie Gunter
  • Paul Caldarella
  • Byran B. Korth
  • K. Richard Young


The inclusion of social and emotional learning (SEL) curricula in preschools may help prevent emotional and behavioral problems. This study evaluated the effects of a SEL curriculum, Strong Start Pre-K, on the social and emotional competence of 52 preschool students using a quasi-experimental, non-equivalent control group design. Teachers rated students’ emotional regulation, internalizing behaviors, and the quality of the student–teacher relationship. Results indicated a significant decrease of internalizing behaviors and more improvement in the student–teacher relationship in the treatment conditions. Results also supported the use of the optional booster lessons contained in the curriculum. Treatment integrity and social validity ratings of Strong Start Pre-K were high. Limitations and implications of this study are addressed.


Social and emotional learning Prevention Preschool Internalizing behaviors Student–teacher relationships 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leslie Gunter
    • 1
  • Paul Caldarella
    • 1
  • Byran B. Korth
    • 1
  • K. Richard Young
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Counseling Psychology and Special EducationBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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