Even in “normal” conditions, child care providers have high stress, highly active jobs. During a pandemic, work can feel even more stressful. To ensure emotional wellness, providers need to be intentional in protecting their emotional wellness. Further, providers can help children to manage their stress by incorporating mindfulness into their daily activities.

preschool teacher reads a book with a young girl

preview of the child stress whitepaperFrom Child Care Aware® of America

 

Additional Resources

  • Penn State Extension – Better Kid Care – Stress-Busting Activities for Young Children (PDF) – This downloadable resource provides strategies for teaching children how to calm down and deal with stress in a healthy way.
  • AAP’s HealthyChildren.org – Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home (English & Spanish) – Here are some tips from the American Academy (AAP) to help your family get through the stress of the pandemic. ​
  • AAP’s HealthyChildren.org – Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19 (English & Spanish) – Newborns are stressful and it may feel even more isolating when you can’t see high-risk family or friends. These tips can help.
  • Sesame Street in Communities – Resilience (English & Spanish) –  The short video featuring Elmo is a great way to understand how to teach resilience to children.
  • Sesame Street in Communities – It’s All About You (English & Spanish) – This interactive app provides tips and reminders to turn everyday moments into opportunities to rest, recharge, and reset.
  • Sesame Street in Communities – Self Care (activity) (English & Spanish) – Keep these tips in mind next time you’re feeling overwhelmed.