Workforce Wednesday Webinar
Helping Early Childhood Educators Thrive:
Promoting ECE Staff Mental Health and Well-Being
Wednesday, May 31, 2023—3:00 to 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)
Early care and education (ECE) teachers and service providers fill important roles in their communities: facilitating children’s healthy development and early learning; supporting parents and families; and implementing practices that promote quality, health, and safety. During the past several years, the early childhood community experienced unprecedented levels of stress—too often while working long hours and without the pay and support they deserve. Many early childhood educators and providers continue to experience heightened stress, burnout, exhaustion, and even depressive symptoms.
Promoting access to mental health support and wellness for ECE teachers and service providers is critical to a strong early childhood system. During Mental Health Awareness Month, join a webinar to learn how programs and states are leveraging the expertise of infant and early childhood mental health consultants (IECMHC) and other resources to support educators’ and providers’ wellness as well as the wellness of children and families.
January Contreras, Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Khari Garvin, Director of the Office of Head Start, ACF, will provide opening remarks during this webinar. Other speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.
During this webinar, we will do the following:
- Hear directly from early childhood educators and providers about their experiences with IECMHCs and other mental health supports.
- Learn how state and systems leaders have funded these services, supported IECMHCs, and are planning to sustain their strategies.
- Learn about federal resources and policies that could help programs, states, territories, and tribal communities implement similar strategies.
How To Register You can select this Web link to register for the webinar.