Staff Wellness

The 2.2 million people that work in child care and education settings across the U.S. shape the lives of our children and future generations. Yet, the health and wellness of these employees is often overlooked.

Impact on Child Health

Staff wellness programs build a culture of health within early learning settings. Teachers are role models for the children they serve and they pass on important knowledge and healthy behaviors to children as they learn and grow.

Benefits of Staff Wellness

Staff wellness programs reduce rates of employee absenteeism, lower health care costs and worker's compensation claims, and increase productivity and employee morale.

Nurturing Staff Wellness

Supporting our early childhood workforce while they shape the lives of our children is critical. Teachers who have the ability to stay healthy through staff wellness programs embody the healthy behaviors that we want to pass along to our childern. NHSA has developed this staff wellness toolkit filled with resources and information to help Head Start programs and other organizations build effective wellness programs to support the child care employees in their community.

Remember, everyone will find different pieces of this toolkit useful, so feel free to focus on the elements that meet your program's needs. You can review the whole toolkit or select individual pages from below.

Download the full toolkit

What does the toolkit include?

7 Steps to Establishing your own Staff Wellness Program.

While considering that all communities have different assets, resources, and policies, each step below can be used as a reference point for developing and implementing your own unique intervention.

In addition to the step-by-step guide above, you might want to check out these tools and templates as well:

If you're interested in a program that has already implemented a staff wellness program, download a case study from the Neighborhood House Association and LiveWell San Diego's initiative.


The Quality Improvement Cycle

mprovement cannot come without proper measurement and evaluation of a program. The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle will help you identify a problem, plan an intervention to address the problem, measure and study your success, and improve your program based on these results.

If you've successfully identified a problem statement to address with your staff wellness program and are ready to jump in, use this PDSA worksheet to guide your efforts.

If you ever get stuck, use this sample PDSA worksheet to help you understand the process and push forward to success.


E-mail Victoria Jones at to share feedback, questions, and ideas.


E-mail Victoria Jones at to share feedback, questions, and ideas.