Job stress and feeling tired are common among teachers. COVID-19 has added more stress on teachers. We are excited to support teachers and help them regain their passion for teaching and life.
The CARE program enables educators to better manage the stress and hard things that come up every day in the classroom. We are inviting teachers to participate in our new project, 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. Schedule an appointment with us today!
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.
Classrooms that serve only infants are not allowed to participate.
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.
CLI will identify a focal teacher in each participating classroom. They will participate in all data collection activities. Lead teachers are the focal teacher. In the case of a classroom with co-teachers of equal status, centers may identify the focal teacher, or CLI can randomly select a focal teacher.
Non-focal classroom teachers (i.e., co-teacher or teaching assistant) will participate in limited data collection activities.
Focal teachers will:
Non-focal teachers will:
Focal teachers and non-focal teachers receiving the CARE Program will:
First, centers will be randomly assigned into either a CARE or a waitlist group. Second, non-focal teachers in the CARE group will be randomly assigned into either a CARE or a waitlist group. The selection process will be random (like a lottery). The research team will reach out with additional information after we have assigned participating schools and classrooms.
Centers randomized into the CARE group will receive the CARE Program right away. All focal teachers and a random selection of the non-focal teachers will get the program in October 2022.
Centers and non-focal teachers randomized into the waitlist group will receive the CARE Program during the Winter of the following year. This is so that we can provide the training to everyone, but still have a group of teachers to serve as our comparison sample.
All study participants will eventually receive the CARE Program after study activities have been concluded. Any teachers in the participating centers that have not yet had an opportunity to participate in the training will also be invited.
All participating focal and non-focal teachers will receive a small gift card for completing the study activities. The more activities that a teacher is asked to complete the greater the amount of the gift card they will receive.
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 aren’t asking parents to do anything besides allow their child(ren) to participate in this study anonymously.
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.
You will be helping future generations of children and teachers have excellent classroom interactions!