Job stress and feeling exhausted are common among teachers. COVID-19 has added even more stress on teachers. We are excited to introduce the CARE program to support teachers during this challenging time and help them regain their passion for teaching and life.
The CARE program is a research-based professional development program designed to promote teachers’ well-being and social-emotional competence. CARE helps educators to better manage stress and challenging situations that come up every day in their classroom. We are inviting Head Start and Early Head Start classroom teachers to participate in our new project, CARE for Head Start Educators, that will help renew their energy and make them feel healthy again. Head Start agencies in the Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio area are invited to join.
Watch this video to learn more about the CARE program.
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Hear from educators who have experienced the CARE program
We will recruit approximately 34 classrooms from 7 to 12 centers in our first year from each region. New centers will be recruited in later years.
Centers will be eligible for participation if they have at least 2 classrooms participating in the study. We can accommodate up to 8 classrooms per center.
Do you often feel stress at work? Do you sometimes find it hard to respond to difficult actions of children? Join our study and learn how to reduce the stress and burnout you feel in your work and rediscover the joy of teaching.
Two teachers from each classroom are invited to participate. In each classroom, we will need to work at a minimum with a lead teacher AND, when possible, a co-teacher or assistant teacher as well. We encourage both co-teachers or both lead and assistant teachers from each classroom to participate in the study.
All teachers and teacher assistants who participate in the study will receive CARE training but at different points in time depending on the random assignment status of their centers. Centers will be randomly assigned into either a CARE or a Waitlist group at the beginning of the school year. Teachers who are part of the CARE group will receive CARE training during this school year. Teachers who are part of the Waitlist group will receive CARE training in the following school year.
Participation in the CARE program involves:
Yes. Teachers and assistant teachers will be compensated for participating in the study. We will provide teachers with gift cards of up to $250. Teachers will receive the first $100 at the completion of the baseline data collection in the fall of the school year, another $100 upon the completion of the end-of-year data collection in the spring of the school year, and $50 at the completion of the follow-up data collection in the fall of the following school year.
CARE Affiliate Facilitators are high quality trainers who are trained in the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) program. CARE Affiliate Facilitators help to support educators’ social and emotional well-being in ways that positively promote children’s social-emotional development.
The CARE Affiliate Facilitator (CAF) Training Program is designed to develop highly experienced, high quality Affiliate Facilitators (AF) who are fully competent to provide training in the CARE program to their local early childhood education programs/mental health entity. Facilitators can include staff (teachers, support staff, staff developers) from local school districts/boards, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and non-profit agencies, or university centers focused on the promotion of children’s mental health and youth development and teachers/educators’ well-being and resiliency.
The CREATE team trains these qualified facilitators to conduct school-based, agency-based or regional workshops for the preparation of teachers, group leaders and educational support staff who plan to implement the CARE program within these educational entities. Once certified, CARE Affiliate Facilitators conduct workshops and provide follow-up technical assistance and coaching services for organizations in accordance with the CARE workshop training materials, agenda, and guidelines.
This is an exciting opportunity for prospective CARE Affiliate Facilitator candidates – particularly those who are TECPDS Master Registered Trainers, ITSN specialists, and Early Head Start/Head Start specialists.
In order to become a CARE Affiliate Facilitator, the potential candidate will complete the CARE Affiliate Facilitator Certification application.
Note: An Affiliate Facilitator must be certified within 12 months following the first workshop observation (unless there are extenuating circumstances). If more than 12 months ensues before CAF certification, the CAF candidate leader will be required to begin the process again.
Affiliate Trainer Certification is valid for a three-year period. When an AF is certified they are given access to (1) a unique website for CARE facilitators that provides extensive training materials for teachers, administrators and directors on the CARE model, (2) an email network of other certified facilitators where they can pose questions/thoughts and share learning with others, (3) occasional webinars for certified facilitators.
To be re-certified a CAF will meet the following requirements:
Only CREATE-certified CAFs are qualified to conduct CARE workshops for the district or agency’s personnel. They may not train personnel from schools and community-based organizations outside the school district or agency without the authorization of CREATE. CREATE-approved workshop models may be used and CAFs must follow the prescribed agenda and timelines. To ensure a positive, effective workshop experience, participant numbers should be between 12-35.
Once Certified, CAFs are required to do the following:
We will not ask parents and their child to do anything for this study besides asking parents to allow their child’s teacher to answer questions about the child’s classroom behavior.
No identifying child information will be taken or shared in this study beyond how their interactions with teachers change over the course of this study. All information we collect from teachers about your child will be kept confidential.
You will be helping future generations of children and teachers have excellent classroom interactions!
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You can also schedule an appointment to talk with one of our team members about the CARE Study.