Know your child’s care promotes healthy emotional development

The benefits of a S.E.E.D. Certified School.

I want to get my school S.E.E.D. Certified!

You know that just like your child’s physical development, their emotional development needs to be nurtured. That’s why you’re doing the work at home to raise an emotionally intelligent human. 

As you look for childcare for your babe, you search for folks who are going to carry on all the progress you’re making. You deserve to know your kiddos’ teachers are well trained and supported to be a part of your village. 

Sadly, because early childhood education is largely underfunded, teachers go underpaid and without the resources to help them do their best work. They don’t get the support and training they deserve, and as a result, emotional development suffers. 

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Imagine a world where early childhood educators are experts in fostering emotional intelligence in the kids they care for. They are a parent’s go-to resource for child development. In this world, teachers have the tools to support children without being overwhelmed by the constant pull for connection. 

In this world, you know that when you take your child to their childcare provider, they are with teachers trained in emotion processing, whose approach goes beyond classroom management and punishment/reward systems. 

The key to making this your child’s reality?

Adequate training and support for teachers. 

Introducing S.E.E.D. Certification

 

Calling on her own experience as a teacher and director and the burnout she saw, Alyssa Blask Campbell of Seed & Sew has collaborated with other experts in the ECE field to develop a comprehensive certification program for childcare centers and home based providers.

 

Why S.E.E.D. Certification?

 

The comprehensive training program from Seed & Sew provides schools with all the tools and resources they need to successfully implement our approach to nurturing emotional development. It ensures every teacher gets the training and ongoing support they need to provide high-quality care.

checkBridges the home-school connection by giving parents access to our Tiny Humans, Big Emotions course to implement lessons at home.

checkEach teacher gets an individual login so they can go at their own pace.

checkUnlimited access to the S.E.E.D. team to ask questions and receive support implementing this work in the classroom.

checkNew hires get access to the same training for continuity in care throughout the school.

This training is created by teachers for teachers. There’s no fluff or busy work from folks who haven’t actually been in a teacher’s shoes. 

S.E.E.D. Certification Results

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Schools Excelling in Emotional Development (S.E.E.D.) Certification signifies that a school is committed to the highest-quality care. Two key components of high-quality care are teacher experience and training, and support services for teachers. S.E.E.D. Certification addresses both these components by providing teachers with tools and resources to build their emotional intelligence toolboxes. Teachers also get unlimited access to our S.E.E.D. team so they have ongoing support as they implement everything they learn in the classroom.

Teachers come away from the training understanding their own personal biases and how they can care for themselves to reduce burnout. They also receive 7 hours of professional development when they complete the training. 

To become S.E.E.D. Certified, every teacher at a school must complete the training program, resulting in a unified, consistent approach. S.E.E.D. schools learn how to build emotional intelligence so they can collaborate in teaching children, navigating conflict, and supporting you and your family.

Why should your child’s school be S.E.E.D Certified?

 

S.E.E.D. Certification means that the work you do at home to validate your child’s emotions and regulate their central nervous system will be reinforced in the classroom. 

Just like all of us, teachers carry biases, triggers, and social programming into adulthood. Most don’t get any training or support on emotion processing. When they go unconfronted, these set ways of thinking contribute to teacher burnout. 

Left unchecked, these biases play into a system of punishment/reward that leaves kiddos disengaged from their education. In the long run, this contributes to a school-to-prison pipeline where children of color are at a particular disadvantage.

ECE Teachers are in the best position to overcome these patterns and create a brighter future of emotionally intelligent humans. They deserve the training and ongoing support to do so.

Share this toolkit with your school’s administrators so they know how important S.E.E.D. Certification is to you.

Download the toolkit

What S.E.E.D. training looks like

 

Presented by 5 different ECE experts, the S.E.E.D. Certification training is broken down into 8 different workshops for a total of 7 hours of lessons. Teacher’s complete a reflective practice assessment after each workshop to help them retain the information. Each workshop is led by a content area expert with at least a master’s degree. 

By becoming certified, schools receive: 

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checkOngoing implementation support from our S.E.E.D. team so that teachers can ask questions and collaborate with ECE experts as they implement this work

checkEach teacher has access to the workshops as long as the school is S.E.E.D. Certified

checkAll parents have access to our Tiny Humans, Big Emotions (THBE) course 

checkTangible materials to support this work in the classroom

checkA box of books to diversify the school bookshelf

checkEmotion Processing Cards

 

We offer S.E.E.D. Certification and Tiny Humans, Big Emotions in English and Spanish to support bilingual educators in doing this important work cross-culturally.

All of our training material is research-based to support school staff in providing high-quality care in the developmental areas with the greatest impact. We cover emotional, sensory, and language development and dive into anti-bias, self-care, and boundary setting. 

 

Our 8 workshops focus specifically on: 

checkBias & Self Awareness in the Classroom

checkAnti-Bias Curriculum in Action 

checkSelf-Care to Prevent Burnout 

checkSensory Integration Beyond Sensory Bins: Calming the Central Nervous System

checkConnecting with Families

checkEmotion Coaching for Emotion Processing 

checkBoundaries, Discipline, & Visual Aids for Emotionally Supportive Classrooms

checkSupporting the Development of Children’s Regulation and Language Through Play 

 

Educators who complete these workshops cultivate the self-awareness and the self-regulation skills needed to care for themselves, avoid burnout, and care for your tiny humans from an emotional intelligence approach.

Support marginalized communities in getting access to these transformative tools and resources.

 

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Donate to the S.E.E.D. Certification Scholarship Program.

About Seed & Sew 

Seed & Sew is a village of people across the globe raising emotionally intelligent humans. We are parents, educators, ECE experts, and lifelong learners with a passion for doing this work so we can foster healthy development in our tiny humans. Seed & Sew’s engaged social media community and faithful podcast listeners have created a shame-free online village that grows every day.

Meet Alyssa

An emotional development expert and the co-creator of the Collaborative Emotion Processing (CEP) method, Alyssa Blask Campbell is committed to helping parents and caregivers build emotional intelligence in their tiny humans. 

Alyssa grew up in a village in the traditional sense, with grandparents down the street in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other’s name.  Throughout her teens, she supported single and working moms, nannying all through college and beyond. Alyssa went on to get her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and found her soul fulfilled as she walked alongside folks committed to raising emotionally intelligent humans. 

Through Seed & Sew, she provides training, coaching, and ongoing support to parents and caregivers around emotional development, reparenting, and sleep. Alyssa is also a small town Vermonter and you can hear her talk about all things emotional development on her podcast, Voices of Your Village, which is tuned into from 100+ countries around the world.

Meet the other S.E.E.D. instructors

Jasmine Price, M.Ed, PhD candidate

Jasmine Price has always loved her work with children and families. She began her educational studies at Kent State University in 2013, as a student in the Early Childhood Education teacher preparation program and just received her Masters in Early Childhood Education in December.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Interprofessional Leadership. Her passion is working with children and all of the joy that they bring to the classroom. She enjoys being able to work in a way that values children as leaders in curriculum and that is truly centered around the interest of the child. 

Lori Goodrich, OT 

Lori Goodrich is an occupational therapist who, during her 18 year of practice, has developed expertise in sensory integration, neurodevelopmental techniques, and feeding/mealtime therapy. Lori utilizes her knowledge in these core areas, alongside an ever-evolving understanding of other factors that influence the human experience, in order to provide a range of services for clients of all ages and abilities. She is passionate about providing accessible and meaningful educational opportunities for parents and professionals in order to support the needs of the community and those in it. She feels fortunate to be able to share information in a wide variety of platforms including workshops, consultations, courses and podcasts. In addition to her love for all things sensory and OT, Lori enjoys learning new art modalities and spending time in nature.

Dr. Lynyetta Willis

Dr. Lynyetta Willis is a psychologist, family empowerment coach, and creator of The Conscious Educator Awareness Triangle, a self-empowerment system for educators and child caregivers dedicated to building stronger, more compassionate relationships with young people. Committed to facilitating the individual and collective strengthening of families, Dr. Willis shows her clients and audiences how to recognize and heal toxic behavioral patterns and intergenerational traumas. Dr. Willis’s work stands in the sweet spot between social justice and self-improvement. For over 20 years she has facilitated workshops and training for parents, partners, and educators. Her signature program, Triggered to Transformed™, helps parents and child caregivers work with their emotional triggers and create personalized strategies to deal with their children’s difficult behaviors. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member with the University of Georgia, Dr. Willis has served as an organizational consultant for public and private schools, non-profit organizations, and churches.

Emily Lesher, MS-CCC-SLP

Emily Lesher is the Lead Speech Language Pathologist at OTA the Koomar Center in Newton, Massachusetts. Emily has her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech-language pathology within the state of Massachusetts. She received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ithaca College in 2010, and a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Nazareth College in 2008. She has experience working with children with a broad range of diagnoses and abilities in school-based, clinic-based, and early intervention settings. She has a DIR Floortime® Basic Certificate and is certified in the Hanen© Programs: It Takes Two to Talk®, More than Words®, and TalkAbility™.

Is S.E.E.D. Certification right for my school?

 

checkS.E.E.D. Certification is ideal for schools that are ready to engage with and reflect on internal biases, triggers, and social programming so that teachers can approach early childhood education from a place of awareness and regulation.

checkS.E.E.D. Certification is perfect for schools that are ready to say goodbye to the punishment-reward system that doesn’t adequately address tiny human’s emotions. 

This work can feel challenging as we’ll ask teachers to really reflect on biases they might be bringing into the classroom. If teachers aren’t ready to engage with the process, S.E.E.D. Certification may not be right. 

Schools that already have emotional intelligence training in place may not get as much from S.E.E.D. Certification as those that don’t.

Share this toolkit with your school’s administrators so they know how important S.E.E.D. Certification is to you.

Download the toolkit

Why now is the time for S.E.E.D. Certification

 

As you know so well, these early years are crucial to your child’s development. 80% of a child’s brain is formed by the time they are 3; 90% of their brain is formed by the time they are 5. 

Everything they experience now will have an impact on the rest of their life. 

If 7 hours of training means a school is better able to show up for our children and better equipped to foster their development, development that will influence how they show up for the rest of their lives, wouldn’t you want them to start the certification process today?

Frequently Asked Questions

The staff at our school are really busy—will they actually be able to complete the workshops? 

We hear that! Our training is created by teachers, so we intentionally designed it to be approachable for ECE staff who don’t have a minute to spare. You won’t find any fluff or busy work in this program. Each workshop is research-based, presented by ECE content experts in their field, and tailored to its specific topic. Plus, all the material is self paced so teachers don’t have to feel rushed.

Isn’t doing online live training more engaging? 

It can be for some folks. What we love about providing our workshops in the online, on-demand format is that busy teachers can learn at their own pace. Our training gives them the ability to ask questions as they go, and rewatch any workshops they want. Our format also means new hires get access to the same content, and it comes with a workbook to guide them along each workshop.

Apply for your school to be S.E.E.D. Certified

 

The future is emotionally intelligent when every ECE teacher has access to the training and resources they need to meet tiny human’s big emotions with self-awareness and self-regulation. When this happens, everyone at a school thrives.  

We can make this a reality by ensuring more schools receive the training and resources they need. Encourage your school administrators to apply for S.E.E.D. Certification. Let them know why S.E.E.D. Certification matters to you as a parent raising an emotionally intelligent human. Download and share the S.E.E.D. Certification Toolkit with your school’s director. 

Schools that become S.E.E.D. Certified move beyond the punishment/reward system, helping halt the school-to-prison pipeline by meeting tiny human’s emotions with the awareness and care they deserve.

To help teachers that serve low-income and BIPOC communities have access to this essential training, make a donation to the S.E.E.D. Certification Scholarship Program.

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Donate to the S.E.E.D. Certification Scholarship Program

Share this toolkit with your school’s administrators so they know how important S.E.E.D. Certification is to you.

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Download the toolkit