Ongoing research continues to show us how adversity and toxic stress in early childhood can have a negative impact throughout a person's life. Toxic stress can impact a child's health, behavior, and ability to learn. This video appeals to Head Start staff and health care professionals. It is designed to help them understand what toxic stress is, what it does to a person, and easy things to do to help prevent it.
Depression is common. Parental depression can be a difficult topic to discuss with families. This resources provides background information and strategies for talking about depression and supporting families.
Facilitating Change Conversations That Help: Handout 1 - Talking about Depression with Families: A Resource for Early Head Start and Head Start Staff
Depression is common—and very common in the Early Head Start (EHS)/ Head Start (HS) population. A recent study found that 52% of mothers in the EHS program reported enough depressive symptoms to be considered depressed.1 Untreated parental depression can lead to poor outcomes for their children. Children with depressed mothers are more likely to have behavior problems, academic concerns and poor health.2 Parental depression can interfere with the parent-child relationship, creating uncertainty, anxiety and toxic stress for the child. Parental depression may also impair the parent’s ability to prevent injury, making them less likely to use car seats, apply electric outlet covers, install smoke alarms or successfully manage chronic health conditions.
There are many benefits to breastfeeding. Even if you are able to do it for only a short time, your baby's immune system can benefit from breast milk. This information explains the added benefits of breastfeeding for yourself, your baby, and how it influences society.
An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for American Indian and Alaska Native Families
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement provides pediatricians and other health care professionals with guidelines and recommendations on the benefits of breastfeeding for infants, mothers, and the community. This is useful for program staff working with expecting and new mothers.
This brochure encourages expectant fathers to discuss their questions and concerns about breastfeeding with their partners and healthcare professionals. Expectant parents may learn about breastfeeding and identify meaningful and supportive activities for fathers of breastfed infants.
Proud fathers want healthy babies.
If you knew that breastfeeding was the best thing for your baby, would you be supportive of your partner and encourage her to breastfeed your new baby? Of course you would!
To support breastfeeding mothers and infants, family and friends can provide emotional support and offer to help with household tasks. Staff and families receive useful information on how to work together to support and encourage breastfeeding mothers.
PDF for Encouragement: Give a Breastfeeding Mom Your Loving Support.
While making milk is natural, breastfeeding is a skill that mothers and babies learn. It is helpful for parents to know that it is not always easy, but that help is available. Mothers often benefit from knowing techniques and strategies such as how to position the baby, signs of a good latch, infant feeding patterns, etc. As women learn to breastfeed their babies, they often have many questions and concerns. They need individualized support.