For all of us in the Head Start community, our role in supporting the nation’s most vulnerable children is most critical in moments like this. Each of us holds the privilege and responsibility that comes with nurturing our youngest learners, and we recommit to creating a brighter, more empathetic future through them and for them. As you support children and families in the wake of this week’s violence, we offer you a list of resources to navigate these conversations. We know that Head Start is made up of unendingly generous individuals, but please also remember to take care of yourselves.

Talking to Children About Tragedy

How to Talk to Children About Difficult News

The conversation may not seem easy, but taking a proactive stance, discussing difficult events in age-appropriate language can help a child feel safer and more secure.

Source: American Psychological Association

Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents, teachers, child care providers, and others who work closely with children to filter information about the event and present it in a way that their child can understand, adjust to, and cope with.

Source: Healthy Children, American Academy of Pediatrics

Helping Children Cope with Natural Disaster and Catastrophe

What Happened to MY World was written to help adults peer into the minds of children from infancy through the teenage years, and understand their confusion, fears, grief, and struggles to understand why inexplicable accidents or the forces of nature can suddenly disrupt or destroy the world as they know it.

Source: Bright Horizons

Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News

In times of community or world-wide crisis, it's easy to assume that young children don't know what's going on. But one thing's for sure—children are very sensitive to how their parents feel.

Source: Fred Rogers Productions, PBS Kids

Helping Kids Navigate Scary News Stories

No matter how vigilant we are as parents – no matter how many gadgets we buy to seal cupboards and cabinet – kids always seem to find the one thing that we missed in our babyproofing efforts.

Source: PBS Kids

Community Violence Resource Hub

Community violence is violence that happens around you. Sadly, our world and communities are full of scary, disturbing news about people harming others. It’s hard to know how to explain such events to young children, or how much to share, but you can help them feel safer and more secure…and build hope for a more peaceful, kinder future.

Source: Sesame Street in Communities

When Bad Things Are Happening

When news breaks of disaster or violence, your students may want to discuss a crisis as it unfolds. Here’s how.

Source: Teaching Tolerance

Explaining the News to Our Kids

Dramatic, disturbing news events can leave parents speechless. These age-based tips on how to talk to kids about the news—and listen, too—can help.

Source: Common Sense Media

Talking with Children About Difficult Things in the News

During times of tragedy and difficulty in the news, we may think that children are unaware of what is happening. However, children are more aware—than we know and are especially sensitive to the moods and conversations of adults around them. Here are some ideas and considerations for supporting children when the news in the world is difficult.

Source: Fred Rogers Center

Addressing the Violent Mob in the US Capitol

Caring for Students in the Wake of a Traumatic News Event

How educators can help students unpack emotions in the wake of troubling news events in the US Capitol.

Source: EdWeek

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Chaos at the Capitol

The events at the U.S. Capitol caused fear and confusion. Here's how to help children make sense of it all.

Source: National Geographic

Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol

While parents and caregivers continue to process these disturbing events, kids are also trying to make sense of what they're seeing and hearing. Use these age-based tips and questions to have conversations as a family about disturbing events.

Source: Common Sense Media

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Breach at the U.S. Capitol

This is the kind of event that can leave children feeling unsafe and unsure if adults can protect them. In the face of that fear, we parents can empower ourselves to protect our children's sense of security and their mental health.

Source: Motherly

Talking to Kids About the Attack on the Capitol

Explaining the violent attempt to stop Congress from certifying that President-elect Joe Biden won the election.

Source: National Education Association

Ensuring Student Well-Being in the Context of the 2020 Election

As always, schools play a critical role in this process by creating a positive learning environment for all students, even in a virtual context... Here are some recommendations for how educators and other adults can support children and youth in the days and months ahead.

Source: National Association of School Psychologists

Self-Care for Educators and Parents

Re-Centering In Times Of Uncertainty

It's no secret that collectively the world is going through a scary and uncertain time. This meditation was created for re-centering in times of fear, chaos, and uncertainty. We cannot always control what is going on outside of us, but we can always come back to our breath.

Source: InsightTimer

Making Peace with Political Panic

Politics are known to be a significant source of stress. To help you be kind to your mind, we’ve put together a selection of exercises designed to help you handle the mix of emotions you may be experiencing.

Source: Headspace

Hope In Times Of Uncertainty

Join Gisele Bündchen for a gentle guided meditation to reignite hope. This practice reminds us that the more you nurture hope, the more joy and positivity you will create in your life.

Source: InsightTimer