Join us as a Preschool Research Partner

Join us as a Preschool Research Partner

We are excited to share an opportunity to become a Research Partner and bring Preschool RULER to your early childhood program at NO COST. Preschool RULER is a whole-school approach to integrating social and emotional development into early childhood settings to help preschool children and the key adults in their lives (educators and families) manage emotions in a way that promotes positive relationships as well as effective teaching and learning.

The Preschool RULER team at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence is preparing a federal grant proposal to test the efficacy Preschool RULER in approximately 70 early childhood programs (Research Partners) in Connecticut.

What does it mean to be a Research Partner?
Research Partners will receive RULER professional development workshops and implementation support from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Research Partners will also participate in data collection (measures about the school, classrooms, teachers, and students) led by researchers from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The study will take 4 years to complete, and schools will be randomly assigned to either start training on RULER at the beginning or at the end of the study. All Research Partner schools will receive RULER by the end of the study period.

What does it cost?
RULER training (professional development, coaching, and materials) will be offered to all Research Partners at no cost. Schools will need to allocate time for professional development workshops during summers or the academic year.

How do I become a Research Partner?
Once you have decided to become a Research Partner, we ask that you sign a letter of support expressing your interest in the study. We submit these letters as an essential component of our grant proposal. To be considered, please send your letter to us no later than July 15th, 2015.

When can we start?
The US Department of Education will notify funded studies by April 2016. We will begin to work with our research partners in August 2016 for professional development planning for the following year. We anticipate starting leadership training for selected schools in Winter 2016 with the intention of rolling out RULER to the full staff and classrooms in Fall 2017. Towards the end of the grant period in 2018, all participating schools will receive RULER professional development.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or to obtain a sample letter of support as well as additional details, please contact Shauna Tominey at 203-432-7797 or

We look forward to hearing from you!