Infant/Toddler Workforce Wellness: Focusing on Wellness is Critical for Early Childhood Professionals

Last Reviewed Date
May 25, 2022

Ver los recursos de la fuerza laboral para bebés/niños pequeños en español (View the Wellness Resources in Spanish)

People who take care of others often put their own needs last. Does that sound familiar? Caring for yourself is important for your health and wellness, and it is directly related to your ability to care for others and succeed at work. Here, you will find an array of approaches to reducing stress and promoting wellness. Whether you prefer worksheets, articles, slides, activities, exercises, videos, reflective questions, or graphics, there is a tool for you.

For further support regarding wellness, connect with an Infant/Toddler Specialist from the Child Care State Capacity Building Center’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network; please email [email protected] .

iconPrioritizing Wellness for Infant and Toddler Caregivers
This infographic defines eight dimensions of wellness that caregivers can use to focus on and support their own wellness, and offers a planning guide to support prioritizing one’s wellness.

iconSelf-Care and Professionalism
These resources can support infant/toddler caregivers focus on self-care and professionalism.

iconTaking Care of Ourselves: Stress and Relaxation
This resource from the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, offers child care providers a variety of activities connected to stress and relaxation.

iconCreating a Healthier Life: A Step-By-Step Guide to Wellness
This guide from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a deeper dive into wellness and the eight dimensions of wellness.

iconThe Importance of Self-Care for Early Care and Education Professionals
This video from the Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University offers information about the critical importance of taking care of ourselves.

iconPrioritizing Staff Wellness for Child Care Programs Serving Infants and Toddlers
This infographic depicts elements of wellness that program leaders may examine in order to support child care staff.

iconOffice of Child Care Mental Health and Wellness Resources
The Office of Child Care offers child care professionals a collection of resources to support the mental health and wellness of children, families, and the child care workforce.

iconHead Start’s Early Childhood Learning and Knowldege Center: Promoting Staff Well-Being
This suite of resources offers early childhood professionals information and strategies to promote a culture of wellness for young children and the adults who care for them.

iconSocial and Emotional Wellness: Developing Integrated Strategies to Support the Social and Emotional Wellness of Children
This resource offers information on early childhood systems’ integration of social and emotional strategies for children, families, and providers.