Through a Smart Start Innovation Grant, our Early Childhood Mental Health therapists researched appropriate curriculum, and implemented an 8 week social skills group. Therapists introduced new social skills and emotional regulation tools through the use of the Al’s Pals curriculum. Children participated in engaging weekly lessons with their friend Al, a friendly puppet who taught them about emotions, how to handle big feelings, and ways to problem solve and get along with friends. Additional supports were given to practice these skills at home. Filling these skills gaps now will help ensure better kindergarten readiness and success.