Karen Cairone designs tools and resources that help early childhood educators, leaders, and parents promote young children’s mental health and resilience. She specializes in social and emotional development, challenging behaviors in young children, product and training design, and training delivery.

Cairone currently serves as the universal technical assistance manager for the Home Visiting – Improvement Action Center Team (HV-ImpACT), which provides training and technical assistance to Federal Home Visiting Program grantees. She also develops and edits training resources for the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC).

Cairone has extensive experience in the field of mental health and has worked with Head Start and state-based training and technical assistance centers. She serves on the Consulting Editors Panel for the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Young Children Magazine and is a content consultant for the Devereux Center for Resilience Children. Cairone is also a curriculum writer for Guidecraft and a writer and producer with Video Active Productions/Turnkey Productions. She was named as an Exceptional Emerging Leader by the Exchange Leadership Initiative.

Cairone holds an AB in psychology and English from Lafayette College and an EdM in educational psychology from Rutgers University.

“Keeping children at the center of all we do will assure we keep our eyes steadily focused on the future.”


Home Visiting-Improvement Action Center Team

Speaking Highlights

From Reactive to Proactive: Promoting Social and Emotional Skills and Executive Function

Early Childhood Summit, EDC
Waltham, MA
September 2017

Promoting Kindness and Resilience in Turbulent Times: Why Social and Emotional Skills Matter Now More Than Ever

NAEYC Professional Learning Institute
June 2017

Building Resilience in Adults: We ALL Need Resilience!

McCormick Leadership Conference
June 2016

Selected Publications