Mental Health

Mental Health

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.

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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.

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The Mental Health Consultation Tool

Explore this interactive module around the role of Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC). It is divided into lessons with scenarios and video clips.

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Substance Misuse

Substance misuse is more common than you may think. Find out what program staff need to know and how they can help.

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Mental Health

Topic:Mental Health

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National Centers: Early Childhood Health and Wellness

Last Updated: April 4, 2019