Human Resources

Prioritizing Staff Wellness

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected how we live, work, and play, and the long-term psychological impact of the pandemic has yet to be fully understood. Head Start programs play a vital role in supporting the mental health and social and emotional wellness of children, families, and staff. As programs return to providing comprehensive in-person services, the importance of mental health and well-being is more relevant now than ever. When programs focus on staff well-being, staff are in turn better able to provide the care and nurturing children need to thrive.

Head Start programs have a long history of promoting wellness and supporting families through stress, trauma, and adversity. This experience helps programs navigate this pandemic. Find key messages, strategies, and resources below to support staff wellness and resilience to promote healing and recovery.

Staff Wellness Webinar Series

An extension of the Head Start Forward campaign, this five-part webinar series discusses strategies to support staff wellness during these unprecedented times. This series covers topics such as: