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.
Understanding Stress and Resilience in Young Children
Toxic stress impacts a child's health, behavior, and ability to learn. These videos can help programs and professionals understand what toxic stress is, what it does to a person, and prevention strategies.Learn More
Mental Health Resources to Support Response and Recovery
Head Start and child care programs can use these tip sheets and resources with families and staff affected by a crisis or tragic event.Learn More
Substance Use Disorder and Recovery
Learn about substance use disorders and discover the various ways Head Start programs can support families in recovery.Learn More
Last Updated: March 17, 2020