Our program is designed to support teachers as well as the teacher-child and teacher-parent relationship. To accomplish this, Hearts and Minds on Babies delivers an attachment-based curriculum that supports teachers in nurturing young children’s development, while also building social support and effective strategies for stress management for parents and teachers, as well as a useful framework for responding to common caregiving challenges. The program is currently undergoing a federally-funded collaborative multisite evaluation led by faculty from Wayne State University (Ann Stacks, PhD), Michigan State University (Claire Vallotton, PhD, and Holly Brophy-Herb, PhD) and the University of Michigan Zero to Thrive program (Maria Muzik, MD and Kate Rosenblum PhD). Results of our initial evaluation suggest that the professional development training strengthens teachers’ understanding of children’s emotional experiences, increases sensitive responding, and creates a common language for parents and teachers to communicate about young children’s experiences.
“It was excellent. It really helped me to work with the children, to actually step back and, and look at their feelings, and acknowledge their feelings.”
“I had the opportunity to learn from different teachers and see their perceptions in their classroom. The training included great videos to reflect on and talk about. I really like it because I got to open up and be myself and reflect about what’s going on in my classroom and how I can make a difference.”
“Hearts and Minds on Babies gives you a lot of new ways to deal with certain situations in the classrooms and, different concepts that you can use in your classroom.”
The Hearts and Minds on Babies (HMB) is professional development training for Early Head Start teachers that is designed to support teachers as well as the teacher-child and teacher-parent relationship. We have two stages the HMB: one for teachers (HMB) and one for parents (HMB+P), as well as a corresponding curriculum for administrators and agency leadership.