Karen Cairone

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Karen Cairone
Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313



Karen Cairone designs resources that build the capacity of early childhood educators, leaders, and parents to promote young children's resilience and that support the use of effective coping mechanisms to handle stress. She is an expert in child and adult mental health and resilience, social and emotional development, challenging behaviors in young children, product and training design, and training delivery.

Presently at EDC, Cairone serves as the Universal Technical Assistance Manager for the Home Visiting – Improvement Action Center Team (HV-ImpACT), which provides training and technical assistance—including site visits, webinars, and communities of practice—to Federal Home Visiting Program grantees. She also is the Lead Writer and Product Manager for the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CoE IECMHC), where she develops and edits resources that contribute to workforce development, as well as positive outcomes for children and families.

Cairone contributes to several other early learning projects within EDC, including Rhode Island's Center for Early Learning Professionals and the Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN). Prior to these projects, she developed a suite of resources and training programs on Self-Assessment in Head Start, including an interactive online learning module, with the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations.

In addition to her work with EDC, Cairone serves on the Consulting Editors Panel for the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Young Children Magazine, as well as within NAEYC’s book division. She writes teacher and parent guides for Highlights® High Five Magazine, and is a writer and producer with Video Active Productions/Turnkey Productions. In addition, Cairone is a lead consultant for the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC), where she has worked extensively as a product development and training design specialist, served as lead on social media, launched and edited the national newsletter, and delivered professional development as a national trainer.

Cairone was named as an Exceptional Emerging Leader by the Exchange Leadership Initiative in March 2015. She and her fellow awardees will work together to strengthen the early childhood profession, and remain always focused on bettering the world for all children and their families.

She is the author of numerous articles, books, and videos. Recent publications include Helping Teachers Take the Challenge Out of Challenging Behavior (2016); Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Promoting Social and Emotional Health in Children (2015); Fostering Resilience: Teaching Social and Emotional Skills, featured in the July 2014 edition of Young Children; For Now and Forever: Helping Parents of Infants and Toddlers Understand and Promote Resilience, Second Edition (2014); Promoting Resilience in Preschoolers: A Strategy Guide for Early Childhood Professionals (2012); Promoting Resilience for Now and Forever: A Family Guide to Support Social and Emotional Development (2012); Socially Strong and Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience (2011); Facing the Challenge Train the Trainer (2009); Facing the Challenge DVDs (2007); and Classroom Moments DVD (2007).

Cairone holds an AB in Psychology and English from Lafayette College and an EdM in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University.