The monthly Mental Health Newsletter highlights ECLKC resources that support a specific area of child, family or staff mental health and wellness. Head Start and child care directors, managers, mental health consultants, health, education, and family service professionals will find practical tools to enhance family, classroom, program and systems-level work. The newsletter is produced by The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness.
Nurturing and caring relationships form the foundation for healthy development and mental wellness that lasts a lifetime. This issue of the newsletter focuses on resources that promote positive relationships for children and the adults who care for them.
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Wellness is more than the absence of illness. It has many dimensions including mental and physical health. In this issue, explore resources that promote healthy lifestyles to enhance both physical and mental wellness.
From the beginning, Head Start has been committed to promoting the mental health of young children and their families. In this issue of the newsletter, explore resources that help promote children’s mental health and social and emotional development.
Young children experience many transitions. These transitions can range from the small ones throughout the day to the larger ones that are more life-changing. While transitions can be stressful, they can also provide meaningful learning opportunities for young children. In this issue of Strong Foundations in Mental Health for Social and Emotional Well-Being, find resources that support smooth transitions for children and the adults who care for them.
Early childhood is an important time to support young children’s resilience. Strong and comprehensive early childhood programs can help acknowledge and support resilience in children and families. In this issue, find resources that promote resilience in children and the adults who care for them.
Parents and staff in early care and education programs may experience a lot of stress. When caregivers feel stressed, young children are likely to absorb the stressed feelings of their caregivers. In this issue of the Mental Health Services Newsletter, learn more about resources designed to help reduce stress for adults and the children they care for.
In this issue of the Mental Health Services Newsletter, find resources from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) at Vanderbilt University. CSEFEL is jointly funded by the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care. The Center helps programs strengthen their ability to improve social and emotional outcomes for young children.
Children's challenging behaviors are top concerns for early care and education teachers. Many parents are also frustrated when their children exhibit behaviors such as biting, tantrums, excessive crying, or extreme shyness. When teaching and caring for young children it is key to understand and address these behaviors. In this issue of the Mental Health Services newsletter, explore resources that can help staff and parents support children's social and emotional development. Also, learn how to prevent and appropriately address young children's challenging behaviors.
Head Start and Early Head Start, child care, and home visiting programs' staff can play a key role in helping families across the country who are coping with traumatic events. During difficult times, early care and education and home visiting programs can offer needed support to help reduce stress. Programs can also promote children's and families' resilience. In this issue of the Mental Health Services newsletter, learn about ways to identify children and families who have experienced trauma. This issue also includes resources to help caregivers and families prevent toxic stress, build resilience, and cope with and heal from traumatic events.
Promoting mental health is an important part of the work programs can do every day to enrich the lives of Head Start children and families. This issue of the Mental Health Services Newsletter focuses on early childhood mental health. Learn about how staff and families can support children's social emotional development through nurturing relationships, environments and interactions. Also, find resources for your work with families and staff around this topic.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) can be an effective tool to support positive relationships and behavioral changes. This issue of the Mental Health Services newsletter explores MI principles and strategies. Also, learn what MI resources are now available on the ECLKC.
Parental depression is a widespread mental health concern that affects the health and well-being of parents and their children. In this issue of the Mental Health Services Newsletter, learn about parental depression and how staff can support families dealing with it. Also, find resources available for your work with families around this topic.
Infant early childhood mental health consultation (I/ECMHC) is emerging an effective strategy for supporting young children's social and emotional development. This issue of the Mental Health Services newsletter explores Head Start's commitment to I/ECMHC. Also find I/ECMHC resources available on the ECLKC and other websites.