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Childcare Resources Receives $25,000 Grant from Indian River Community Foundation

A group of people stand in a classroom holding a large cheque
(L to R) Todd Morrow and Amanda Gooch, Childcare Resources coaches, Jeffrey Pickering, President and CEO of Indian River Community Foundation, Shannon McGuire Bowman, Executive Director of Childcare Resources, Helen Boehm Johnson, Childcare Resources’ Board of Director, and Toni Hamner, Indian River Community Foundation Board of Director.

Childcare Resources, a leading advocate for early childhood development and education in Indian River County, is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous gift of $25,000 from the Indian River Community Foundation’s Community Enrichment Fund. This contribution will be allocated to support the Conscious Discipline program.

Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive emotional intelligence and classroom management system that integrates all domains of learning into the curriculum, supporting children’s behavioral well-being and academic success. Conscious Discipline facilitates opportunities for teachers and students to build their developmental competence throughout the course of the year through direct, purposeful, and meaningful rituals and interactions.

Amanda Gooch, Childcare Resources Early Education Coach, visits Conscious Discipline partner sites weekly, seeing firsthand its impact. “The program is inspiring resilience education in our community, while supporting transformational change in classrooms,” she said. “With the Conscious Discipline Immersion Program’s ongoing training and support in creating emotionally safe classrooms, there has been a significant positive impact on student behavior and academic achievement.”

In its seventh collaborative year, the Conscious Discipline Immersion Program continues to guide participating organizations, including Childcare Resources, Bridges Early Learning Center, Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County HeadStart, Little Rising Stars Creative Learning Center, Roseland Christian Preschool, and School District of Indian River County - Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten.

Children's sense of safety and connection within the classroom is paramount for optimal learning readiness. Emotional intelligence and resilience, crucial factors in children's development and school readiness, are nurtured through Conscious Discipline. Research indicates that children equipped with identifying emotions, positive peer relations, effective behavioral management, and collaborative work demonstrate enhanced success in the transition to school and academic performance in kindergarten and beyond.


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