Knox County Head Start is Building Bright Futures for Young Children AND Their Families
Published July 27, 2017
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    Is it possible for early childhood programs with many federal regulations and initiatives placed on them to create an environment that successfully support both children and their family’s social emotional development? How does a director rally underpaid and under-appreciated early childhood teachers to embrace a new way of being and teaching in their program? Many demands are placed on early childhood programs when it comes to funding, regulations, new initiatives and compliance. Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the United States promote school readiness of children under 5 from low-income families through education, health, social and other services. In addition, these programs are required to provide services that support the family’s growth and healthy family development as well. Listen in as Peg Tazwell shares at Knox County Head Start’s story of transformation and success with Conscious Discipline. Learn the importance of uniting the entire staff (teachers, admin, bus driver, cooks) to achieve maximum results in supporting young children’s growth and development. Essential Takeaways • Conscious Discipline provides skills for adults and children to be conscious enough to know when we are off track and connected enough to be persistent in continuing to practice and getting back on track • The transformational process of Conscious Discipline implementation begins with the adults and transfers to the children through modeling and teaching Steps for Tomorrow • Make a commitment to Conscious Discipline training and recognize it’s not a quick fix and it begins at the top with administrators • Find champions within your organization and give them training and mentoring, empowering them to move the organization’s implantation process forward • Use the word practice, rather than program, when talking about Conscious Discipline Important Links: • What is Conscious Discipline: • Knox County Head Start awarded National Center of Excellence: • Conscious Discipline Pay-it-forward Transformational Process: • Conscious Discipline Summer Institute (CD1): • Office of Head Start: Products: I Love You Rituals Conscious Discipline Building Resilient Classrooms Conscious Discipline Parenting Curriculum Show Outline :16 What is Conscious Discipline 1:40 Introduction of Peg Tazwell, Director of Knox County Head Start 2:50 What is Head Start 4:50 Conscious Discipline results at Knox County Head Start 6:43 Culture shift within the organization due to Conscious Discipline Implementation 8:52 How Knox County Head Start began the implementation process with CD 12:22 Coming back when you got off track 12:50 Parent Involvement strategies and results 15:02 Knox County awarded National Center of Excellence 18:09 Success stories of children who attended Knox County Head Start 21:21 Conscious Discipline as a practice, not a program 23:25 Steps for tomorrow to begin 25:50 Does Conscious Discipline contribute to the achievement of some of the new Head Start performance standards
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