Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental health of children, families, and staff every day. Early childhood mental health is the same as social and emotional well-being. It is a child’s developing capacity to express and regulate emotions, form trusting relationships, explore, and learn—all in the cultural context of family and community. The mental health of children and the adults that care for them is essential for school readiness.
Explore the benefits of making friends and learn how adults can help preschoolers build strong peer relationships.
Explore the benefits of making friends and learn how adults can help infants and toddlers build strong peer relationships.
Integration Checklist: Including Children with Significant Disabilities in Head Start
Use this resource to help build parent and staff capacity in using books and stories for helping young children learn, manage strong emotions, deal with feelings of grief, or work on their social skills.
Share these posters with families to help them identify daily routines and how to increase positive social emotional support throughout the day.
Use these posters to support families with toddlers. Share tips for how parents can support social emotional development.
Use these posters to support families with infants. Share tips for how parents can support social emotional development.
Through music, children experience and explore concepts that help them with building capacities that range from social-emotional expression to physical development. Caregivers, parents, families and others who engage with very young children will learn the importance of adapting songs to fit the age and development of the children in their care. This podcast features interviews and resources drawn from the Office of Head Start’s Little Voices for Healthy Choices Initiative.
This presentation explored recent research on social-emotional curricula. It offered guidance on the implementation of the curricula in preschool classrooms.