Early Childhood



Early childhood ecosystems are impacted by the pandemic as a nationwide, population-level trauma.  In response, federal pandemic relief funds can be used to address the mental health and well-being of caregivers and children.  CTIPP is offering support and a systematic framework to help.




CTIPP’s “Toolkit for Staff and Child Well-Being in Early Childhood Settings” helps translate research and best practices for providers and systems to become equipped to recognize and respond to stress and trauma as it happens.  Included in the toolkit are cross-sector recommendations and a four-part process for early childhood settings that will inspire hope and improve the mental well-being of children, families and caregivers.

Case Examples & Testimonials

CTIPP-CAN recorded webinar:

Responding to a Population-Level Traumatic Event Like the COVID-19 Pandemic

On September 15, the monthly CTIPP-CAN meeting focused on early childhood development. Featured speakers included Drs. Kaitlin Mulcahy and Gerry Costa who shared the story of New Jersey recognizing Superstorm Sandy as a population-level traumatic event, which sparked an effort to ensure that early childhood settings are trauma-informed and equipped to build resilience. Watch from 21:56 to hear their story - a case example of implementing the “Toolkit for Staff and Child Well-Being in Early Childhood Settings.”

Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing Through Child Care Settings

On September 30, CTIPP offered a national webinar to make the case for early childhood settings to become equipped to respond to stress and trauma as it happens. The discussion included a description of how the adults and children in early childhood settings have been impacted by the pandemic, and featured case example for using the “Toolkit for Staff and Child Well-Being in Early Childhood Settings.” The Toolkit is designed to ease the process of developing a continuum of training, reflective coaching, and checklist to build the capacity for supporting relational health throughout early childhood care and education systems. There are several provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act that could fund this model in states or localities.