Child care providers need support.
These professionals have a job that is critical in two profound ways – one that impacts our society right now (so parents can go back to work), and one that shapes our society in the future as they nurture the developing brain and whole child. They can struggle to find time to take care of themselves in the midst of juggling the demands of taking care of others.
Caring for, nurturing, and providing a stable environment for children all day, every day takes a great deal of energy and it can be difficult to recharge. Caregivers who are experiencing high levels of stress, depression, and anxiety are less likely to have positive, supportive interactions with children and are more likely to expel a child from the preschool program.
- Each child care program participating in Be Well Care Well will work with a Well-Being Coach for 1 year. The Coach will:
- Assist with linkages to local community health and wellness partners
- Create fun activities and learning opportunities that promote overall well-being
- Participating programs form a Well-being Committee with a minimum of three members. The committee may include:
- a program administrator or owner
- family representative
This committee will have the responsibility of working with the Well-Being Coach to create a well-being plan for their program by selecting goals from a list of suggested well-being activities.
- Well-Being Coaches will work with your Well-Being Committee for one year to support achievement of the goals you set. The program offers incentives and awards to participants who meet goals along the way!
What concepts are involved in well-being?
Physical: Making an effort to engage in physical activity, eating healthy foods, and getting better sleep
Emotional/Mental Health: Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
Environmental: Achieving good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
Financial: Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
Occupational: Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
Social: Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
Intellectual: Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
Spiritual: Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life