Saving Brains Grenada is a meme-building corporal punishment prevention project. The goal is to prevent violence against children in small island developing states, starting in the Caribbean, by improving self-regulation and attachment capacity in parents, caregivers, and teachers. They work with existing organizations such as UNICEF, the Conscious Discipline Foundation, Roving Caregivers, Ministries of Education and Social Development, and other NGOs. Saving Brains Grenada uses paraprofessionals and mobile units (Saving Brains Buses) to provide alternatives to traditional child-rearing practices that are detrimental to neurodevelopment and subsequent human capital.
Saving Brains Grenada's tipping point methodology is a bottom-up approach that complements top-down policy approaches. It is inherently sustainable because preventing violence against children builds capital and enhances population health. The extent of the global burden of violence against children is urgent and requires innovative prevention measures.The program is utilizing an existing workforce of paraprofessionals and a highly visible mobile resource unit to support healthy child neurodevelopment through a transition in cultural norms.
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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryMobile schools/centersStudent supportSchool supportEarly Childhood DevelopmentEthics & Values/ReligionArt & Music
Model details2015Not-for-profitOtherConscious Discipline, positive parenting practicesEthics & Values/ReligionArt & MusicActivePilotFree service or productRoving Caregiver Program of Grenada55020%80%
Many families are unable to access programs in towns and village centres. Saving Brains Grenada has addressed this challenge by leveraging an existing home visit program and incorporating a mobile resource unit.
Scale550 Families Reached7070 Roving Caregivers1500900 Books and 600 Teaching Aids Distributed
40 Community sites visited each month
Training began in late 2014 and implementation began in late 2015.
Currently, the program is collecting data and looking for funding opportunities in anticipation of future growth. The program hopes to replicate its model in other Caribbean countries and in regions of the United States with high corporal punishment. There are also hopes of expanding the Roving Caregiver program and Conscious Discipline™ training to pre-primary schools throughout Grenada.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
The program collects pre- and post-intervention data regarding Grenadians' familiarity with Saving Brains, the Conscious Discipline™ curriculum, and the Saving Brains bus. Families are also surveyed to determine attitudes towards corporal punishment. The program utilizes several assessment systems. These include the Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment Infant Toddler version (HOME-IT), the Confusion, Hubbub, and Order Scale (CHAOS), the USDA Food Security Scale, the Intergrowth-21st Neurodevelopmental Assessment (INTER-NDA), the Devereaux Early Childhood Assessment for Infants and Toddlers (DECA-IT), and a general questionnaire on parental health and well-being. Parents and Rovers assess thier adherance to the Conscious Discipline ™ curriculum through use of Conscious Discipline™ Rubrics.
Internal assessment performanceOtherParenting attitudes and practicesNoNo