Mental Health Resources for Child Care

As we keep moving forward through the COVID-19 crisis, the mental health and wellbeing of children and their caregivers is an area that has increased in attention and need. It’s important to note that:

  • Nearly 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year;
  • 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime
    in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14.
    Source: Mental Health America (MHA) https://mhanational.org/

Below is a list of mental health resources that child care providers can use as they continue to serve children and families through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond:

Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/mental-health

Mental Health Resources to Support Response and Recovery During COVID-19 - https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/mental-health/article/mental-health-resources-support-responserecovery-during-covid-19

  • Provides resources that child care programs can use with families and staff affected by a crisis or tragic event and may be helpful as programs respond to COVID-19. Find materials on mental health and wellness, short- and long-term recovery, and caring for yourself during recovery.
  • Mental Health America (MHA) offers a screening resource that can help determine if a caregiver may be having emotional, attentional, or behavioral difficulties: https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools/

10/2021