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Red Light, Purple Light!: A Self-Regulation Intervention

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A preschool-based program intended to improve behavioral aspects of self-regulation in children through circle time games that target attention, working memory, and inhibitory control.

Financing for preschool program improvements can come from a variety of sources. Public sector preschool funding from all levels of government should be explored. Fees paid by parents for preschool could also be used to enhance the programs offered by preschools. Foundation grant opportunities and fundraising can also be considered.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

State and local education budgets that include preschool could be used to fund training in the Red Light, Purple Light! intervention. In particular, line items for teacher training and curriculum purchase should be considered.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Formula Funds: Preschool programs may be able to receive funding from the federal Department of Health and Human Services through Head Start and through the federal Department of Education through Title I or state preschool special education grants.

Discretionary Grants: Discretionary grants from the federal Department of Education should be evaluated as sources of funding for Red Light, Purple Light! Race to the Top funding is one example.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundations, especially those interested in the impact of preschool on future school performance, may be a source of funds to implement the Red Light, Purple Light! intervention.

Generating New Revenue

Fundraising by a parent teacher organization and support from the business community should be considered for start-up costs for training and curriculum.