Sleep Health Education
When children and their parents, caregivers, and teachers have access to clear, actionable information about healthy sleep and how to foster a bedtime routine, children are better able to get sleep that is appropriate in quantity and quality. Pajama Program offers Sweet Dreamzzz® sleep health education and Storytime Plus to help children form healthy sleep habits that can last a lifetime.
This unique program provides children with tools to build a better bedtime and get the sleep they need to be healthy, happy, and ready to learn. A visit to our warm and welcoming Pajama Program Centers in New York City and Atlanta is an unforgettable experience. K-2 students receive:
- A fun and interactive lesson on our R.E.A.D.Y.® Bedtime Routine
- Small-group storytime with caring volunteers to help children feel confident, supported, and secure, and to model reading as a positive, healthy step in a bedtime routine
- New pajamas, a new book, and a bedtime routine magnet
Contact us to schedule a Storytime Plus for your students:
- New York City: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Atlanta: email@example.com
- Storytime Plus Flyer (PDF)
“The program was great. We loved reading the stories together and making it part of a bedtime routine. The presentation was clear and simple. The children really enjoyed it!”
-Storytime Plus Participant
Sweet Dreamzzz® for Early Childhood℠
Designed for Head Start and other low-income preschool programs, this comprehensive program provides early childhood teachers and staff with the training and tools they need to deliver sleep health education to preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. Working together, educators, students, and parents/caregivers form a triangle of support around sleep health, making it easier for children to follow a bedtime routine and get the sleep they need.
A University of Michigan study found that children who received two weeks of Sweet Dreamzzz® for Early Childhood curriculum slept 30 minutes longer on weeknights.
Professional Development Training Sessions:
- Teaching a Healthy Sleep Curriculum to Preschoolers: Training and Tools for Early Childhood Teaching Teams
Learn to teach preschool students about healthy sleep and a bedtime routine using the Sweet Dreamzzz® for Early Childhood classroom curriculum; designed for teachers working with 3-4 year-old preschool students; half-day professional development training seminar: certificate of completion provided; approved course in MI and NY registries (4 CEUs)
- Educating Parents and Caregivers about Healthy Sleep for Preschoolers: Training and Tools for Early Childhood Staff
Learn to teach parents and caregivers about healthy sleep and a bedtime routine for preschoolers using the Sweet Dreamzzz for Early Childhood Flipchart (face-to-face and virtual applications); ideal for home visitors, family service workers, teachers, family engagement specialists, health educators, social workers, and other early childhood staff who work with parents and caregivers; 3-hour professional development training seminar: certificate of completion provided; approved course in MI and NY registries (3 CEUs)
In the 2021-2022 school year, 91% of parents surveyed stated that what they and their children learned from the Sweet Dreamzzz® for Early Childhood program was helpful for their family.
Sweet Dreamzzz® Parent Workshop
Delivered to parents and caregivers of young children, this engaging, 45-minute workshop teaches participants how much sleep children need, how sleep impacts health, behavior, and school performance, and how to foster a successful bedtime routine. The interactive presentation allows for group discussion and helps participants identify simple strategies for overcoming common bedtime challenges. Workshops are designed for groups of up to 25 participants and can be delivered via Zoom or on-site, when possible. Participants receive bedtime routine materials they can use with their children to make bedtime a rewarding, team experience.
“It was nice to know that I am not the only parent who struggled with bedtime and snacks. The workshop made me rethink some choices that I have made and aim for an earlier bedtime.”
-Parent Workshop Participant