The Kindergarten Readiness Research Program
We are passionate about disseminating our research to the community in order to help children, parents and teachers.
As a research lab, we are passionate about disseminating our research to the community in order to help children, parents and teachers. If you are interested in learning more about self-regulation, school readiness or how you can promote self-regulation skills in the classroom, please let us know by completing our online request form.
Visit Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders (HTKS) Measure of Self-Regulation if you are interested in learning more about the HTKS measure and how you may use it for your own research.
Teachers and parents of preschoolers have a new resource from Oregon State University professor Megan McClelland and OSU graduate Shauna Tominey, whose new book demonstrates how to help 3-to-6-year-olds flourish during their formative years.
The book offers early childhood education teachers the latest research, a wide variety of hands-on activities to help children learn and practice self-regulation techniques, as well as tips and tools for integrating those activities into early learning settings.
“Stop, Think, Act” is also useful for parents of children ages 3-6 who are looking for ways to help prepare their children for schools, said McClelland, a nationally-recognized expert in child development.
The study examined the Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders (HTKS) task—a five to seven-minute activity measuring behavioral self-regulation and executive function (EF)—as a predictor of academic achievement over the transition to formal schooling. Compared to other measures of individual aspects of EF, the HTKS task is a practical and efficient predictor of academic growth and school readiness in children transitioning from prekindergarten to kindergarten.
View Infographic: Predicting Academic Success in Early Childhood Education