Be Well Care Well Arkansas
BWCWAR – Promoting the Well-Being of Child Care Providers
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’s 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 BWCWAR WORKS WITH A WELL-BEING COACH FOR 1 YEAR.
The Coach will:
- Connect child care programs to local health and wellness partners in their community
- Create fun activities and learning opportunities to promote overall well-being
Participating programs form a Well-being Committee with a minimum of 3 members. The committee that may include:
- A program director or owner
- Family representative
This committee works closely with the Coach to identify their program’s well-being goals and create an action plan to achieve them.
The Coach supports (and encourages!) Committee members for 1 year to help them achieve their program’s goals — and creates a sustainability plan. BWCWAR also 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