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Head Start and Early Head Start programs are encouraged to join with their community partners in delivering the following messages:

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Head Start programs are encouraged to promote positive development of infants, toddlers, children, and youth on May 3, 2011. Communities across the nation will observe this day with events such as social network gatherings to raise awareness about mental health importance and to broaden knowledge of mental health needs for children and their families. This year's celebration will focus on building resilience in young children dealing with trauma.

• Integrate mental health and model resilience skills in every environment that has an impact on child development from birth. • Enhance resilience and nurture social and emotional skills in young children from birth. • Provide information to the public and teach them to recognize the signs of traumatic stress. • Raise awareness that treatment for trauma is critical to achieving the milestones of a child’s social and emotional development from birth. • Promote trauma-informed services and supports in all child-serving settings For more information about National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day activities, visit the “National Center on Health” on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) at www.ECLKC.ohs.acf.hhs.gov.

MAY 3, 2011


Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Day