Mental Health

Tell Me a Story Series

Reading stories with social-emotional themes is one of the ways parents and early care and education staff can support children's healthy development. Tell Me a Story will help build parent and staff capacity to use books and stories to help young children learn. Books can be used to explore important topics such as managing strong emotions, dealing with feelings of grief, or working on social skills. Head Start, Early Head Start, and early care and education staff can use the Tell Me a Story book guides, workshop materials, and additional resources to help children learn these skills that are crucial for school readiness.

Tell Me a Story was developed to support early childhood learning programs and their mental health outreach to families and children, with a focus on adversity and parental depression. Tell Me a Story is part of the Family Connections program at Boston Children's Hospital. For more resources, explore Family Connections: A Systemic Mental Health Consultation and Professional Development Model.