Health and Well-Being
Because safe, healthy children are ready to learn
Children’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being supports their overall development and learning which helps them to grow and learn optimally while building the skills required to reach their full potential.
Physical health and well-being are dependent upon access to nutritious food, shelter and sleep, sanitary and safe living conditions, and access to places to play and exercise. Pre-primary and primary aged children also must have support for their mental and emotional health which includes helping them to build secure identities, engage in responsive relationships and feel loved and respected. Traumatic and stressful childhood experiences can place children at great risk for emotional and mental health challenges, so it is vital that they receive support to deal with distressing moments in their lives while building coping skills.
CE International leverages its network of child health and wellbeing experts to advise and guide in best practices, provides training on social-emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, and other related topics, consults on child-centered education and child-care policies, and more. Contact us for support in these areas or click here to learn more about our services.
Center for Stress, Trauma, and Resilience
Through our Health and Wellbeing Practice Area, we focus on a range of techniques and approaches that provide research and evidence-based interventions for health challenges. We have identified several key areas that are critical to making beneficial change in children’s health and well-being.
The social justice principles of equity and inclusion are crucial to supporting children’s mental health and their overall healthy development by strengthening their identity in areas of race, gender, social class, ability, and sexuality. When children are treated with respect and understanding, they feel valued and gain a strong sense of self and the foundation for participation in community and civic life.
Every child has a right to an education, one that reflects their interests and nurtures their abilities. Inclusion approaches ensure that every child has the same opportunities to participate in every aspect of education, learning and life to the best of their abilities and desires.
Social emotional learning is the process through which children acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attributes, and skills necessary to understand and manage their emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Our focus areas in Health and Well-Being are also informed by and integrated with various other topics, including, but not limited to:
• Building Resilience • Developmental Play • Cross-Sector Collaboration
Trauma-Informed Practice and Care • Child Protection
• Provision of Mental and Physical Health Services
Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practices
The “Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practices” is an online micro-course launched in partnership with the Center for Learning in Practice at the Carey Center for Global Good. Children who have experienced trauma need caregivers who understand trauma and the impact it can have on their vulnerable and developing brains and their physical bodies. This micro-course serves as a first step to understanding the needs of children who have experienced forms of trauma.
Resources for Educators and Child Care Practitioners
CE International develops and identifies effective resources for ensuring that our children are living and learning in environments that will give them opportunities to thrive.
- The Power of Play for Addressing Trauma in the Early Years (pdf)
- Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practices (course)
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (pdf)
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Psychological First Aid for Schools Field Operations Guide (pdf)
- The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching
- Understanding Trauma-Informed Education
- Transformingeducation.org Trauma-Informed SEL – toolkit
- How Trauma Affects Kids in School, Child Mind Institute
How can we help you? We collaborate with partners on projects and programs and to provide trainings that deliver solutions for your challenges. Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.