As part of the Nebraska Preschool Development Continuation Grant, researchers will continue to deliver the Nebraska Extension Cultivating Healthy Intentional Mindful Educators (CHIME) to early childhood educators and professionals and increase the target population to include family home providers.
Researchers will continue the evaluation of CHIME and pilot test the use of photovoice as a qualitative assessment of CHIME's potential impact.
CHIME is an eight-week professional development program that uses social-emotional learning, mindfulness and compassion to increase the adaptive emotion regulation abilities, compassion and mindfulness of early childhood educators working in early care and education settings with children ages 0-5 years.
Changes for year two will consist of adapting data collection to use virtual methods due to the COVID-19 environment. Researchers will also expand services by offering a six-hour Mindfulness in Early Care and Education training, which will increase the reach of these practices and meet a requested need in Nebraska communities.
The professional training will also be offered virtually.