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.

Oral Habits

Find out how some oral habits may be harmful to children’s teeth and mouths. Explore tips staff can share with parents to help their child stop oral habits that can cause future oral health problems.

Building a Healthy Eating Environment

Learn why it is important to create a positive eating environment. Find out how doing so supports mealtime behavior and picky eaters. It can also support children who experience food insecurity. 

Managing Stress with Mindful Moments

Explore how breathing and movement strategies can help children calm big emotions. Discover ways to use mindfulness with young children to name big feelings and describe how they are affected by them.

Mindful Moments: S.O.F.T.

Discover the S.O.F.T. relaxation strategy. S.O.F.T. stands for: soften the face; open the heart; float down the shoulders; and take a deep breath. Find three S.O.F.T. strategies to use for a brief relaxation break. 

Lead Screening: Well-Child Health Care Fact Sheet

Lead screening detects the risk for lead poisoning by measuring the amount of lead in the blood. Lead poisoning can cause serious injury to children. Health managers, staff, and disability coordinators can review this sheet for basic facts about lead and lead screening. Staff may find it useful in supporting positive health and developmental outcomes for children.

Oral Health Case Management in Head Start

In this issue, learn how programs can use case management to improve the oral health of children in Head Start. Find out how case managers and parents can work together to meet children's oral health needs.