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Understanding Stress and Resilience in Young Children

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 effect a child's health, behavior, and ability to learn. However, adults can encourage resilience in young children and in themselves. Resilience is the ability to cope with the stress caused by challenging situations.

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.

Mindfulness: A Resilience Practice
Discover the impact of stress and how mindfulness practices can help teachers become more resilient. Try a mindfulness practice with children in your program.

Promoting Resilience in Children, Families, Staff, and You!
Resilient people of all ages are better able to cope with stress, adversity, and change. This webinar focuses on the concept of resiliency. It offers practical ways to promote resilience in children, families, and staff.

The Ability to Cope: Building Resilience in Yourself and Your Child
Many families face stressful situations, including parental depression, community violence, and poverty. Learn strategies and practice skills to build resilience in adults and young children.

Fostering Resilience in Families Coping with Depression
Find practical ways staff can help families build their power to cope with depression.

Resilience Booster: Parent Tip Tool (PDF, 609KB)
Families can use these tips to reduce the effects of stress and to help their children develop resilience.

Watch this video 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. The User Guide includes a breakdown of the video segments by topic area.

Additional Resources for Breaking Through: Understanding Stress and Resilience in Young Children

Watch this video 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. The User Guide includes a breakdown of the video segments by topic area.

Additional Resources

Breaking Through: User’s Guide to Understanding Stress and Resilience in Young Children

Last Updated: April 4, 2018