Answers for Head Start Directors
Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Jill Molli and Head Start Director Sue Dierks respond to questions about the new Parent Education Curriculum and address how Conscious Discipline meets the new standards defined by the National Head Start Association.
NEW: Conscious Discipline Parenting Education Curriculum Yields Positive Outcomes
In a research study by ChildTrends, Conscious Discipline’s parenting education curriculum was found to improve parenting knowledge and skills, increase parents’ ability to manage their own emotions and respond to children’s challenging behaviors, and improve emotional management and behavior in children. Notably, parents reported using Conscious Discipline skills and strategies more consistently six to eight weeks after parenting classes than immediately after classes concluded. Parents reported feeling happier, less frustrated and more interested in connecting with their children. Both directors and parents noted a positive change in the school-home connection.
Conscious Discipline Improves SEL, School Climate, Readiness and Pro-Social Behavior
This study examined the impact of Conscious Discipline on social-emotional behaviors in early childhood programs in three states. Data was collected using four separate tools and a school readiness assessment. Those receiving Conscious Discipline training experienced an increase in positive results in all areas, which include use of social-emotional learning skills, school climate, school readiness and pro-social behavior.
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What Others Are Saying
“A parent came in and said, “I’m just coming in to check on him because I don’t want anybody babying him and letting him get away with behaviors just because his mom passed away.” I said, “He can handle upset. Let me tell you.” So I shared experiences with him about how his child has not only learned the skill for himself, but is using his skills to teach other children in the classroom those skills. Then I asked, “So tell me, about these skills that he’s using here at school, how long do you think those are gonna last?” And he goes, “He can use those the rest of his life.” I go, “Exactly. And I appreciate your concern thinking that we might overcompensate his loss, but it’s okay that he has these feelings, it’s good that he feels that and identifies with it, and then we can teach him how to handle that.” Then he got it.”
Trainer Child Trends Study
” Conscious Discipline training has helped our Head Start parents see discipline as teachable moments instead of punishment. Parents praise Conscious Discipline for teaching them how to gain composure and parent in more helpful ways.”
Christine Jeffers Family Advocate
“I would recommend it to everybody that has to deal with children… I mean everybody. Grandpas, grandmas, parents, aunts, whoever, if you’re gonna have to deal with children, you ought to sit down and listen to some of this. It will change your attitude.”
Parent Child Trends Study
“With Conscious Discipline we’ve seen growth in social-emotional skills for parents, students and teachers. Conscious Discipline is an essential tool for creating a safe preschool environment and more connected, empathic classrooms.”
Delana Leubkemann Head Start Site Supervisor / Teacher
“Sometimes you can just keep counting or you just need to take deep breaths. This kind of reminded me of a pregnancy Lamaze class. When you’re around a stressful situation you can handle it better when you’re calm because you can’t handle everybody else and take care of everybody else unless you can take care of yourself first.”
Parent Child Trends Study
“As a Family Advocate I see Conscious Discipline come to life in our families. We’re teaching parents how to put the powers and structures into practice at home. Our Head Start family is encouraged and empowered as we see children take Conscious Discipline into their world.”
Angie Nessa Family Advocate
“Conscious Discipline applies to a cross-section of Head Start services, which makes it a natural fit with the Head Start Program Performance Standards. The research-based design creates a natural, consistent approach that meets the needs of every child and parent in our program, and what is taught in the classroom easily translates to the home environment. We haven’t had a single behavior referrals since 2008 and that is directly attributable to Conscious Discipline.”
Sue Dirks Head Start Director
“Conscious Discipline has truly changed the atmosphere in my classroom. It’s taught me effective ways to support children through their upsets and helped me teach kids how to handle their own upsets. Conscious Discipline is a wonderful gift that serves children well throughout their whole live.”
Ragena Danbury Head Start Site Supervisor / Teacher