This webinar recording highlights components of successful mental health consultation, especially in light of the pandemic.
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.
Infant and early childhood mental health consultants work with the adults in children’s lives to support social-emotional development. Learn how a child care program can benefit from working with a mental health consultant.
This tip sheet for families explores how mental health consultants help adults build strong relationships with children. Consultants can help families address concerns about children's social-emotional development.
Explore these tips for developing and sustaining effective infant and early childhood mental health consultation.
Explore these six workshops, three for professionals and three for parents. All of the workshops focus on knowledge and skills related to strengthening relationships with adults and children and promoting family well-being.
Explore this guide that provides specific observations from long-term partnerships with Early Head Start and Head Start programs and offers an insight on the most effective use of the Family Connections materials.
Explore this guide that includes information and processes focused on assessing a program's level of "readiness" to engage in the kind of work involved in reaching out to families and children facing adversity.
This resource will help Head Start staff learn more about screening tools available to identify substance use disorders. It includes important considerations for choosing a screening tool and guidance for conversations with families.
Watch this webinar to learn how leaders and staff can use the PFCE Framework to create a trauma-informed program and promote healing.
These handouts cover frequently asked questions from the Head Start Heals campaign and related office hours. Find links to additional resources on stress, resilience, and providing support.