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Currently delivered in all K-5 elementary schools in the Beach Cities

MindUP is an evidence-based program grounded in neuroscience, mindful awareness, positive psychology and social-emotional learning. MindUP consists of 15 lessons that are tailored to a child’s age group and developmental level. Delivered by a teacher or counselor in the classroom, MindUP provides an immersive discovery experience and daily practices to shift a child’s perspective, drive positive behavior and improve learning and scholastic performance.

Outcomes from the 2016-17 school year:

  • 13,725 minutes of mindful breathing
  • 10,600 students received MindUP training

The Four MindUP Pillars:


Students learn about their brain, what mindfulness is and how to focus their attention with a brain break.

Mindful Awareness:

To fully engage and immerse in the present, students learn how to activate mindful listening, seeing, smelling, tasting, touch and movement. 

Positive Psychology:

Students learn the importance of perspective-taking, choosing optimism and savoring happy experiences.

Social-Emotional Learning:

By acting with gratitude and kindness, students learn to take mindful action and create connections between themselves and others.

General Mindfulness Tips for Parents:

One of the best ways to teach our children to be mindful is to embody mindfulness ourselves.

  • Incorporate your own brain breaks three times a day to improve focus, memory and stay calm under stress.
  • Think affirmations to yourself like “May I be happy” and “May I be strong.”
  • If you need some guidance in mindful breathing, search for various mindfulness apps to follow along with on your phone.
  • If you find yourself getting caught up in your emotions or that of others, practice the R.A.I.N. exercise. Recognize what is happening in a calm, accepting manner. Accept life as it is. Investigate how it is making you feel. Non-identification; realize these feelings are fleeting and don’t define who you are.


Mindful parenting can improve parent-child relationships and reduce stress for both the parent and child.

  • Limit your phone use when you’re with your child.
  • Spend time reading, creating art and talking with your child, rather than watching TV.
  • If you’re upset,  S.T.O.P. Stop. Take a breath. Observe. Proceed.  
  • Teach and practice forgiveness. It’s important to note and address a problem, but it is also important to realize it is temporary and will pass.

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