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Harmonium's Whole Child model for Childcare

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  • 1. A Nurturing Environment for Developing Life Long Skills The Harmonium Whole Child Model
  • 2. What is unique about Harmonium’s Program? The Whole Child Model
    • A Whole Child" is one who:
    • attains physical, intellectual and spiritual well-being,
    • experiences strong, positive family attachment,
    • interacts constructively in a social context,
    • has a sense of hope, and
    • lives in an environment that encourages him/her to succeed.
  • 3. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is a major American research project that poses the question of whether, and how, childhood experiences affect healthy growth, behavior and learning. Sponsored by the CDC, it has begun to answer the question : How do we recognize and address the events in children’s lives that affect their healthy growth and development?
    • Trained childcare professionals with varied mental health training
    • Sensitivity & accommodations occur throughout the school
    • Creation of nurturing and safe environments.
    • Focus is on students’ educational success through emotional & physical safety, empowerment, trust, choice, & collaboration
  • 4. The Whole Child Model impacts:
    • Cognitive/academic
    • Physical
    • Emotional
    • Spiritual
    • Developmental
  • 5. Impact on Relationships
    • Relationships are developed through the emotional bond between the child & primary caregivers. It is through this relationship we learn to:
      • Regulate emotions/“self soothe”
      • Develop trust in others
      • Freely explore our environment
      • Understand ourselves & others
      • Understand that we can impact the world around us
  • 6. Impact on Learning
    • Organizing narrative material
    • Cause & effect
    • Taking another's perspective
    • Attentiveness
    • Regulating emotions
    • Executive functioning
    • Engaging in curriculum
  • 7. Impact on Classroom Behavior
    • Reactivity & impulsivity
    • Aggression
    • Defiance
    • Withdrawal
    • Perfectionism
  • 8. The Whole Child Model effects:
    • Children are:
      • less likely to fail a grade in school
      • score higher on standardized achievement tests
      • have fewer struggles in receptive & expressive language
      • are suspended & expelled less often
      • less frequently placed in special education
  • 9. The Whole Child Model Staff Training
    • Additional training to encourage…
        • Relationships that enhance learning
          • Attention
          • Affection
          • Attunement
        • Childcare strategies to establish …
          • Safety
          • Empowerment
          • Collaboration
          • Choice
          • Trust
        • Understanding the dynamics of interpersonal, community & historical violence
  • 10. Whole Child Model Strategies to establish SAFETY
      • Clear & consistent rules
      • for managing behavior &
      • setting limits
      • Accommodations to meet
      • individual strengths & needs
      • Predictable structure, relationships, & environment
      • Reduce bullying & harassment
  • 11. Whole Child Strategies to establish EMPOWERMENT
    • Embed mental health instruction into curriculum by teaching
      • Coping skills
      • Self-regulation skills
    • Provide guided opportunities for meaningful participation
    • Maintaining high behavioral & academic expectations
    • Build on strengths
    • Build competency
  • 12. Whole Child Model Strategies to establish COLLABORATION
    • Site Staff
      • Works to create consultation teams with school personnel
      • Classroom consultation
    • Family
      • Family education
      • Family training & support
    • Community
      • Referrals
      • Resources
      • Partnerships
  • 13. Whole Child Model Strategies to establish CHOICE
    • Staff work with students to develop self-care plan
      • Identify triggers
      • Create coping strategies
    • Giving choices & alternatives
      • “ Comfort areas”
      • Learn about self-regulation interventions
      • Safe & acceptable expression of feelings
      • Collaborative Problem Solving
  • 14. Whole Child Model Strategies to establish TRUST
    • Relationship with the staff based on…
    • Unconditional positive regard for all students
    • Checking assumptions, observing & questioning
    • Being a relationship coach
  • 15. Leading to Development of the Whole Child
    • Social-Emotional Development
    • Learns to manage his or her emotions  (self-regulation) ,
    • Feels about themselves  (self-confidence) ,
    • Relates to others and the world around them (competence) .
    • Spiritual Foundation and Strength
    • Experiencing the “Sense of Wonder”,
    • Learning the “Qualities” of spirit,
    • Reading Aloud and Experiencing the Arts
    • Physical and Mental Health
    • Physical Activities
    • Access to health information,
    • Nutrition and Exercise fundamentals.
  • 16. Leading to Development of the Whole Child
    • Economic Stability
    • Helping parents keep jobs by providing free ASES childcare,
    • Helping parents with affordable licensed childcare,
    • Helping parents with financial assistance.
    • Quality Education
    • Certified teachers providing academic assistance (PrimeTime),
    • Fostering learning by reducing the barriers coming from stress,
    • Developing study habits that enhance academic success.
    • Safe and Nurturing Environments
    • Addressing the causes and responses to bullying,
    • Positive and respectful interactions.
    • Reduces aggression by teaching triggers and coping methods.
  • 17. Why Harmonium?
      • The Whole Child Model
        • Focuses on all dimensions of the student
        • Life-long impact on well-being and learning
        • Reduction of negative behaviors
      • Integrated Holistic Approach
        • Family, School, Community, Staff
      • Experience: Licensed Care – 25 years
      • Experience: ASES – 12 years
      • Based on best research