A huge part of our work is caring for the health and well-being of the children we care for. However, for us to do this effectively, we need to also care for ourselves. This resource created by The Office of Child Care, State capacity Building Center an office of  the Administration for children & families, highlights the importance of caring for our wellness, exploring the eight areas of wellness ( physical, emotional, and mental health, environmental, occupational, social, intellectual, financial, and spiritual). The resource also helps in reflecting on how we currently support each area and how we can better plan to support all areas.

 

Prioritizing Wellness

 

As caregivers, we experience stress in many ways, appearing through body sensations, thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. This Town square-created resource can help you think about long-term strategies to break the stress cycle.

Strategies For Managing Stress

The trauma-informed approach is guided by the “Four R’s”: Realize the widespread impact of trauma and understanding potential paths for recovery; recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; respond by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and seeks to actively resist retraumatization. (SAHMSA,2014)  This Town Square-created resource gives practical ways to utilize the Four R’s.

Trauma informed care handout

No words could describe our sadness, outrage, and devastation over the past few weeks. We are thinking about the children, teachers, and families who were and continue to be tragically affected by senseless acts of violence. As educators, parents, and humans, we too are struggling with our emotions and with what to say to children. Below are a few resources to use as we face these difficult conversations. 

 

           Resources for Speaking with Children About Difficult Subjects

          Talking to children about the Shooting

          Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

Lastly, we want to share a resource from the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center as a reminder of the importance of caring for ourselves, especially in moments of grief. 

          Caring for Ourselves as We Care for Others

 

 

Taking care of young children is a job filled with joy, but also responsibility, and it can be stressful.  This booklet from Head Start ECLCK gives information on how to identify your sources of stress and strategies for reducing stress.  Learn more about how to identify your stressors and manage them effectively.

Taking Care of Ourselves Booklet – English

 

Para ver este recurso en español haga clic aquí

The Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition (ICTC) brings together many organizations to work on educating the community about the effects of childhood trauma and create programs and systems that prevent trauma and support the needs of children and families.

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The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) includes members, staff and volunteers that work on many initiatives and committees to advocate and provide consultation for mental health for young children in IL. ICMHP was created through the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003.

To find out more about how to support children’s mental health click here

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