Emergency preparedness can drastically reduce the negative impact of trauma and stress on children. Find concrete steps program staff can take to prepare for emergencies and reduce trauma.
Learn the signs and dangers of stress in young children. Find out about ways to promote resilience and positive outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
Use these five stretches while working at your desk, in a classroom, or share them at a team meeting.
Flex-M stands for: Flexibility Leads to Excellent Mobility. Use these stretches in team meetings, during a break, at your desk, or in your classroom to improve flexibility and mobility.
Use these five different finger and hand stretches at your desk or in your classroom for a quick relaxation boost.
Explore these resources to help reduce your stress and improve the quality of care that you can give.
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.