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Cultivating Healthy Intentional Mindful Educators (CHIME)
Principal Investigator: Holly Hatton-Bowers
Co-Principal Investigators: Carrie Clark
Award Date: Jun 1, 2020
End Date: Apr 30, 2021
This project supports some of the efforts for the Preschool Development Grant Birth-Five (PDG) Renewal Grant for 2020-21.
The Nebraska Extension Cultivating Healthy Intentional Mindful Educators (CHIME) program was chosen to be delivered to support one of the aims for the PDG, which is to provide professional development initiatives for a stronger early childhood workforce. This project aims to deliver and evaluate CHIME with 80 early childhood professionals during the 2020-21 period.
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 — including reduced stress, improved emotion management, better sleep quality, increased focus and attention, and enhanced relationships.
CHIME will be delivered online and in-person, and a rigorous evaluation design will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the CHIME program using a multi-method approach. We will include a wait-listed comparison group (40 early childhood educators who receive CHIME and complete pre-post-assessments and 40 early childhood educators who complete pre-post assessments and then are invited to participate in CHIME after a 10-week period).