Mental Health

Understanding Stress and Resilience in Young Children

Operation Breakthrough houses the largest Head Start program in Missouri, serving more than 300 children each day in its center. Its model emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach and includes a unique partnership with the local children’s hospital, which staffs an on-site clinic for the children enrolled in the program.

Breaking Through was designed to raise awareness and educate. It provides the perspectives of parents, Head Start staff, health care professionals, and others on the issues of adverse childhood events (ACEs), toxic stress, and resilience.

Watch the videos in this series to learn how high levels of stress can impact a child's lifelong health and well-being. Find out how Head Start programs and health care professionals can support children and families to help prevent early childhood stress.

Use these videos to generate interest and support for activities in Head Start and Early Head Start programs and in partner organizations that help identify and care for families affected by ACEs and toxic stress. The User Guide includes a breakdown of the video segments by topic area.