Programs can use these resources with families and staff affected by a crisis or tragic event.
The Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMHC) team has recorded a series of relaxation exercises in English and Spanish. These exercises may be used by Head Start and Early Head Start families and staff to help reduce stress.
Explore these resources to help reduce your stress and improve the quality of care that you can give.
Stress comes from our perception of the situation. Explore these common unhelpful patterns of thinking that we all make and how you can think about challenging these thoughts.
Use this quick guide for tips on recognizing the causes of stress. Find steps to help reduce your stress and learn how the stress you experience affects the behavior of the children in your life.
Explore and share materials about disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for families and programs.
This webinar focuses on caregivers stress and wellness. Learn what wellness is and strategies to identify and reduce stress.
Working in a Head Start program can be an extremely rewarding and demanding career. It is inevitable to feel stress in the workplace and some stress is natural and even healthy. Good stress helps to focus on a task or perform at a higher level. Unfortunately, negative or chronic stress can take a toll on your health and effectiveness as a Head Start team member. Caregivers who are stressed find it more difficult to offer praise, nurturance, and the structure young children need. This can lead to children exhibiting even more challenging behaviors. Harmful levels of stress can create a negative impact on the body.