Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
“Maura,” a foster mother, was amazed her daughter “Lyn,” would “play SEEDS at home,” showing her younger siblings activities she learned at SEEDS, because Lyn had never shown a strong connection to any previous preschool. SEEDS helped Maura and Lyn strengthen their relationship, opening the door for Maura to help Lyn develop a love of learning.
“Angel” shared how SEEDS nature-based learning activities helped him connect with his grandson “Joe” and to “see the world through his [grandson’s] eyes.” Angel described how a SEEDS home activity captured Joe’s imagination, and led to the entire family reading together for the first time. Angel believes SEEDS gave him the tools to parent more patiently the second time around.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
SEEDS-SR was piloted at UCLA with 18 preschool-age children and their families. Teachers observed improvements in children’s ability to focus, problem solve, and cooperate with peers. Parents reported improvements in children’s behavior outside of SEEDS, including following directions, turn-taking, and less aggression.
The SEEDS team trained 15 VIP staff to implement SEEDS-SR. VIP staff reported the SEEDS training was “the best training [they] have ever attended.” Staff had hands-on practice with how to engage families in the SEEDS classroom. Now, VIP has launched SEEDS-SR with 7 preschool-aged children and their families. Both staff and families are thriving with the program. We expect the same stellar results for families at VIP, including improvements in children’s social, emotional, behavior, and academic skills and in parents’ confidence in promoting those skills at home.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
After piloting SEEDS through this UCLA-VIP partnership, SEEDS will be a fully manualized and exportable school readiness program for families with vulnerable children. Within five years, the UCLA SEEDS team expects to train and provide technical support for additional community-based partners to implement SEEDS-SR throughout the state. In ten years, we expect that children with histories of PAE, trauma, and loss will have access to this high-quality, research-based program in community agencies across the U.S. and Canada so that they can develop the skills they need to succeed in school.