Child Health and Well-Being
Children learn best when their physical, emotional, and mental well-being is at its best
CE International believes that child health and well-being is a prerequisite for children’s development and learning. Good mental, emotional, and physical health allows children to think clearly, develop socially, learn new skills, and build the self-confidence to reach their full potential.
Physical, mental, and emotional well-being are interlinked and dependent upon many complex factors, including: sufficient nutritious food, adequate shelter and sleep, sanitary and safe living conditions, access to health care, stimulating physical and mental activities, building healthy identities, understanding and dealing with trauma, nurturing and responsive relationships, opportunities for play with peers, supporting equity and respect, and understanding appropriate behavioral guidance.
We support educators, early child care and education providers, and child advocates with courses, trainings, and publications about child health and well-being.
A wide variety of topics contribute to children’s health and well-being and it is critical to consider and study them. We explore various topics related to Child Health and Well-Being, including:
Social-Emotional Learning • Trauma and Resilience • Developmental Play
Trauma-Informed Practice and Care • Social Justice • Child Protection
Experiential Education • Provision of Mental and Physical Health Services
Trauma-Informed Practice: Currently, we are focusing our efforts on trauma-informed practice trainings through our Center for Child Trauma and Resilience. Trauma is a significant issue today and many children around the world suffer from being in situations that are causing them substantial physical and psychological harm and distress. Educators need to understand how to recognize when children are experiencing trauma and how to appropriately support children in order to alleviate the effects of trauma that interfere with children’s growth and development.
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