Ongoing research shows that adversity and high levels of stress in early childhood can have a negative impact throughout a person's life. Stress in the very young may affect a child's health, behavior, and ability to learn. It is important for programs and professionals to understand what toxic stress is, what it does to a person, and prevention strategies. The following resources will help caregivers and families understand the signs and dangers of stress in young children. Find strategies to promote resilience and support positive outcomes.
National Centers:Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety
Last Updated: May 17, 2021