Ongoing research shows that adversity and high levels of stress in early childhood can have a negative impact on a person's life. Stress can affect a child's health, behavior, and ability to learn. However, adults can encourage resilience in young children and in themselves. Resilience is the ability to cope with the stress caused by challenging situations. Find resources below that can help caregivers and families understand the signs and dangers of stress in young children. Learn about strategies to promote resilience and support positive outcomes.
Families can use these tips to reduce the effects of stress and help their children develop resilience.
Resilient people of all ages are better able to cope with stress, adversity, and change. Learn about the concept of resiliency. Find practical ways to promote resilience in children, families, and staff.
Many families face stressful situations, including parental depression, community violence, and poverty. Learn strategies and practice skills to build resilience in adults and young children.
Learn about effective ways to support children who have experienced maltreatment. Explore how to build resilience in children with disabilities or suspected delays who have also experienced maltreatment.
Programs can help acknowledge and support resilience in children and families. Find resources that promote resilience in children and the adults who care for them.
Explore ways to identify children and families who have experienced trauma. Find resources to help caregivers and families prevent toxic stress, build resilience, and cope with and heal from traumatic events.
From the beginning, Head Start has been committed to promoting the mental health of young children and their families. Discover how to help promote children’s mental health and social and emotional development.
Building Resilient Caregivers
Stress is natural but can be harmful and can take a toll on your health and impact the quality of care you give. Use these resources to learn about ways to help reduce stress.
Discover the impact of stress and how mindfulness practices can help teachers become more resilient. Try a mindfulness practice with children in your program.
Find practical ways staff can help families build their power to cope with depression.
Parents and staff in early care and education programs may experience a lot of stress. When they do, young children are likely to absorb those stressed feelings. Find resources designed to help reduce stress for adults and the children in their care.
Topic: Mental Health
National Centers:Early Childhood Health and Wellness
Last Updated: April 23, 2020