Early learning programs can play a key role in helping children, families, and staff commit to finding ways to reduce stress in their lives. Programs can also create wellness strategies that promote both physical and mental well-being. In the resources below, learn ways to promote a culture of wellness for young children and the adults who care for them.
Staff who can manage their own stress find they are better able to support families and their young children. Explore this Health Services Newsletter to learn more about the symptoms of stress and strategies for managing it.
Wellness is an active process that requires awareness and directed, thoughtful attention to daily choices. Early learning programs can play a critical role in helping children, families, and staff implement healthy lifestyle changes that promote both physical and mental well-being. Explore this resource to find tools to help create a culture of wellness for young children and the adults who care for them.
Mindfulness is doing our day-to-day activities with more awareness. When you're aware of how you're feeling, what you're thinking, and how it affects you, you can better manage physical and emotional stress, anxiety, anger, and other big emotions. Discover ways to help children use mindfulness to name big feelings and how they are affected by them. Explore ways to use breathing and movement strategies to calm those feelings.
When Head Start and Early Head Start programs focus on staff well-being, staff are better able to provide the care and nurturing children need to thrive. Programs can help staff feel valued through access to wellness programs, reflective supervision, and other workplace supports. Explore how to build an organizational and program-wide culture of wellness. This webinar is part of the Office of Head Start's Safe Foundations, Healthy Futures Campaign.
Turnover in staff can be costly for programs and difficult for children. Head Start staff experience many stressors which can impact their ability to do their jobs well. In this webinar, learn about key ways to help your program create an effective approach to support staff health and wellness.
Discover how stress can impact children and staff. Explore ways mindfulness practices can help teachers become more resilient. Try a mindfulness practice with children in your program.
Resilient people of all ages are better able to cope with stress, adversity, and change. Watch this webinar to learn what resiliency is and discover ways to promote it in children, families, and staff.
Explore how stress can impact the lives of both children and adults. Learn ways to help staff offer appropriate responses when challenging behaviors arise in young children experiencing stress. Find out how to support teachers, home visitors, and family child care providers in establishing and maintaining a positive climate in their settings.
Providing care to young children is an intense and demanding job. In this training, explore common sources of stress and recognize ways you may create and reduce it. Form an individualized plan for managing stress at home and work.
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Last Updated: October 8, 2020