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Mindfulness in Early Care and Education


Research Team

Name Name

Principal Investigator: Holly Hatton-Bowers

Co-Principal Investigators: Carrie Clark, Katie Krause

Funding Information

Funding Agency: Nebraska Children & Families Foundation

Award Date: Apr 30, 2021

End Date: Apr 29, 2022

Abstract

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.


Early Education & Development

CHIME provides education and guidance on how to incorporate mindfulness and reflective practice into your daily routine, teaching and caregiving. Engaging in mindfulness and reflective practice has many benefits for health and well-being of both providers and young children.