Mental Health

Head Start Heals Campaign

Two pairs of hands holding a heart.Two major factors promote healing in early childhood education programs. The first is strong, trusting, responsive relationships between parents and early childhood providers; parents and their children; and children and early childhood providers. The second is safe, consistent, predictable, and nurturing environments. Head Start programs play a vital role in supporting these factors for the children and families they serve.

The goal of the Head Start Heals campaign is to increase awareness about how Head Start is uniquely qualified to address trauma and promote resilience for children and families. It includes information on the basics of trauma, what it means to have a trauma-informed care approach, and how trauma intersects with topics including mental health, substance use, domestic violence, and child welfare. Head Start Heals focuses on healing and addresses topics such as resilience, recovery, how to incorporate mental health consultation effectively, how to address challenging behaviors, and ways to have difficult conversations with families.

Explore the Head Start Heals campaign resources below, including webinars and office hours.

Resources Shared Through the Campaign