Tools of the Mind

Preschool SELect Program

Program Design and Implementation Support

Tools of the Mind is an early childhood program for students in prekindergarten and kindergarten that promotes self-regulated learning and is designed to be embedded within the classroom. With a focus on early literacy, mathematics, and other cognitive competencies such as self- reflection, the program encourages teachers to scaffold student learning while encouraging use of mental “tools” through self-regulation activities, make-believe play, and a structured classroom environment that enable students to control their social, emotional, and cognitive behaviors. The Tools of the Mind program also provides structures for family involvement and digital assets for parents who wish to reinforce the activities with their children at home.   Mandatory core Tools of the Mind training is 5 full days of professional development workshops for the classroom teaching team with on-site technical assistance and a dedicated Tools staff member supporting implementation.  In addition, the iScaffold, web-based, and iPad app, makes learning accessible by providing video, illustrated activity guides, and condensed step-by-step instructions.  There are also eLearning and webinar support and options for training.

Evidence of Effectiveness

Tools of the Mind has been evaluated in a randomized control trial (n=210). Students were followed within the course of one year.


Barnett, W. S., Jung, K., Yarosz, D.J., Thomas, J., Hornbeck, A., Stechuk, R., & Burns, S. (2008). Educational effects of the Tools of the Mind curriculum: A randomized trial. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 23, 299-313.