First 5 Humboldt sponsored an evening workshop presented by Nature Explore for Childcare Providers during our Spring 2022 Symposium. The “Heart Centered Self-Care” workshop focused on supporting childcare providers to find calm through interaction with nature. Other strategies included paying attention to one’s surroundings, and authentic connection with others. First 5 Humboldt gifted self-care kits to everyone who attended.
First 5 staff had fun putting the kits together with funding from the Region 1 QRIS Hub. Almost all the kits were distributed and have been delightedly received and put to good use. Items in the kits include a Mindfulness journal and coloring book, colored pencils, a Yoga for Everybody book, and the children’s board book I am Peace. Also included are a self-compassion deck of cards for adults, Mindful Kids activity cards, and a stress ball with an inspirational message. First 5 staff either mailed or delivered most of the kits to attendees’ workplaces.