Implementing the foundations of learning project: Considerations for preschool intervention research

Chrishana M. Lloyd, Pamela A. Morris, Ximena A. Portilla

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While studies have documented the importance of strong implementation in intervention studies (e.g., see Durlak & Dupre, 2008), more information is needed about how to ensure strong fidelity and quality of program implementation when delivering interventions under "real world conditions" and on a large scale. In this article, key lessons in implementing a demonstration and evaluation project known as the Foundations of Learning (FOL) demonstration are presented. Our discussion highlights several key components to the success of the project, including the building of effective coalitions before, and during, the delivery of the intervention to support the implementation process, as well as intensive, collaborative, and multilayered technical assistance provided as the intervention was delivered. Key lessons learned over the course of this project represent some that are highly consistent with prior research on this topic, as well as some that are unique, thus representing new areas for exploration in this burgeoning area of study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-299
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 13 2014


  • Classroom coaching
  • Early childhood
  • Implementation science
  • Intervention research
  • Preschool
  • Technical assistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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