Mara Stein

Professional Title
Project Manager, MSU Outreach and Engagement
About Me (Bio)
Mara Stein is the Head Start on Science Research Project Manager. She comes to the project with an extensive background in early childhood and family support programs. Prior to moving into the realm of research Mara implemented and ran an Early Head Start program, a Healthy Families type home visiting program, was Executive Director of a child abuse prevention program and has been a psychotherapist with children, families and individuals. In addition, she has worked in infant mental health, family mediation, and early childhood teacher education. Mara is also a consultant, trainer, and educator in early childhood, family support, and social work and is an experienced grant writer.
Michigan State University (MSU), Grand Valley State University (GVSU)

The research goal of this project is to evaluate whether an early childhood science education program, implemented in low-income preschool settings produces measurable impacts for children, teachers, and parents. The study is determining the efficacy of the program on Science curriculum in two models, one in which teachers participate in professional development activities (the intervention), and another in which teachers receive the curriculum and teachers' guide but no professional development (the control).