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The Heart-Mind Parenting Project addresses a community-identified gap in resources that help parents to promote Heart-Mind well-being in young children, from birth to 6 years old. The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education (DLC), in collaboration with parents and agencies that serve families, will produce and test a collection of evidence-informed resources, strategies and supports for families. The project will also design and test a system to educate family support workers on how to use the resources with parents.
1. Develop resources for promoting Heart-Mind Well-Being in families
Develop accessible materials to increase awareness of why Heart-Mind Well-Being is critical to healthy child development, and how it can be nurtured in parents, and in their relationships with children.
2. Develop training and professional development
Develop professional development training materials for front line family support workers, facilitators of parenting groups, peer mentors, early childhood development coordinators, human resources departments, employee and family assistance programs, etc. to enhance their skills and capacity to support parents in promoting their own, and their children’s, Heart-Mind Well-Being.
3. Develop accessible, on-line resources, training and support
Ensure the DLC's Heart-Mind Online website is designed to be user friendly and easily accessible to low income single parents and immigrant families so that it becomes an effective tool for supporting parents’ on-going learning.
4. Develop group strategies, tools and training for parents
Enhance the Heart-Mind Well-Being coaching skills of parents through group and peer mentoring activities, resources, and training to build their capacity and confidence to help their children improve Heart-Mind Well- Being.
5. Develop guidelines for safe, productive learning environments
Establish best practices to enhance learning and engagement through safe, supportive group spaces.
One of the cornerstones of the work of the Dalai Lama Center is ensuring that the design and implementation of tools and processes are evidence-informed. The project will be guided by a literature review, and evaluation will focus on needs assessments and short-term outcomes using a participatory approach in 5 key measures:
The Heart-Mind Parenting Project Advisory Committee will:
All programs of the Dalai Lama Center are informed by leading scientific research and evidence. A Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of world-class experts will provide advice on the project.
In addition to the support generously provided by the above individuals and community partners, the Dalai Lama Center would also like to gratefully acknowledge funding support for this project from the Vancouver Foundation, The Clyde Hertzman Legacy Fund, and Purdy's Chocolatier.