Well-being of the early care and education workforce in low-resourced locations
Working in early care and education (ECE) settings is stressful and ECE educators often face excessive demands and low-resourced workplaces. This imbalance in demands and resources impacts overall well-being of the ECE workforce; teachers are disproportionately impacted by chronic mental and physical health conditions. Poor workforce well-being can lead to high burnout and turnover rates, which translates to negative teacher-child relationships, and delayed developmental outcomes for children in their care. Multi-level factors that most significantly impact the well-being of Head Start staff, as well as multi-level solutions, must be explored.
The overarching goal of this study is to investigate policies and practices that are associated with worker well-being in Head Start-funded ECE settings and then to implement the WELL intervention via partnerships with five large Head Start agencies in Colorado and assess the impact of the WELL intervention on ECE workforce well-being. WELL is funded by Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
Specific aims include: