Promoting Empathy, Understanding Trauma

Learn how trauma impacts children’s behavior and social and emotional well-being. Find tools to help teachers manage their own reactions. Explore ways programs can support children and families impacted by trauma.

Understanding Stress and Resilience in Young Children

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. These videos appeal to Head Start staff and health care professionals. They are designed to help them understand what toxic stress is, what it does to a person, and easy things to do to help prevent it.

Helping Your Child Cope After a Disaster

After a disaster or crisis, children benefit when adults assure them that they are safe and help them learn how to cope effectively. In this tip sheet, learn what to do to help a child after a disaster or crisis. 

Head Start Mental Health Services Newsletter: September 2016: Trauma, Toxic Stress, and Resilience

Head Start and Early Head Start, child care, and home visiting programs’ staff can play a key role in helping families across the country who are coping with traumatic events. During difficult times, early care and education and home visiting programs can offer needed support to help reduce stress. Programs can also promote children’s and families’ resilience. In this issue of the Mental Health Services newsletter, learn about ways to identify children and families who have experienced trauma. This issue also includes resources to help caregivers and families prevent toxic stress, build resilience, and cope with and heal from traumatic events.