Mental Health Resources for Early Childhood Educators

AHVNA believes in supporting Early Childhood Educators, parents and more with as much information, resources and support as possible. We have shared resources for children ages 0-6 and 6-12. Scroll to learn more! 

Resources for ages 0-6

  • Connection Rituals to Battle Anxiety | PDF
    • “Connection Rituals to Battle Anxiety” provides parents, caregivers, and professionals with concrete tools and rituals to help children who struggle with anxiety.
  • Cultivating Resiliency in Children | PDF
    • This wonderful resource shares evidence- based strategies to help a child emotionally regulate and ground after a traumatic event. It also includes a resource from the Child Trauma Academy on “Helping Traumatized Children: A Brief Overview for Caregivers.”
  • Early Years Mental Health Toolkit | Webpage
    • The Early Years Mental Health Toolkit is aimed at building the capacity of providers to support and promote the mental well-being of infants, young children and their families.
  • Family Media Plan | PDF
    • When media is used intentionally and in developmentally appropriate ways, media can enhance daily life. When used without clear intention it can displace many important activities and interfere with a child’s development. By creating a media plan, you can be aware of when you are using media to achieve your purpose. The printable will help you create solid goals and rules that are aligned with your family’s values.
  • Words to Calm a Child | PDF
    • “Words to Calm a Child” provides key phrases parents and caregivers can utilize to promote emotion regulation and connection with a child struggling with anxiety, anger, or sadness. It also provides a quick formula to effectively set limits with children and recommends some phrases to repair the relationship if you lose your cool in the heat of the moment.
  • Ideas, Tips, and Strategies for Parents of Preschoolers | PDF
    • This booklet provides an introduction to some of the key concept of Kids Have Stress, Too!, a program designed to help parents, caregivers, and educators become more aware of children’s stress, and to help children cope with and develop effective ways of dealing with stress.
  • Planning for Positive Guidance: Powerful Interactions Make a Difference | Article
    • This article introduces three steps to a Powerful Interaction (Be Present, Connect, and Extend Learning) that helps educators build strong and caring relationships with children and families.
  • Comfort, Play & Teach | PDF
    • Comfort, Play & Teach is a positive approach to parenting, turning everyday moments and routines into positive experiences that helps build a strong parent-child relationship. This resource integrates developmental science into activities that families can do together at home.
  • Kimochis Portal for Early Childhood Educators | Webpage
    • The Kimochis portal gives educators access to additional tools and strategies that support children’s social-emotional development.
  • Sesame Workshop | Webpage
    • Sesame Workshop provides free resources for children, families, and professionals to help them reach their full potential.
  • Feelings First | Webpage
    • Feelings First introduces important concepts around social and emotional development and why it is a crucial part of child development.
  • Brain Story Certification
    • Earn a certificate after learning about the latest research on brain science. Certification eligible for credits.
  • Childhood Anxiety 5 Strategies to Help Children and Teens Cope | Webinar
    • Free virtual webinar designed to help parents and caregivers understand anxiety on a neurological level, as well as strategies to help children and teens cope.
  • Children’s Mental Health Learning Series | Webinar
    • The children’s mental health learning series, presented in 2014 and 2015, provides caregivers, families and professionals with helpful information to increase knowledge and help support children and youth with mental health concerns.
  • Meltdowns, 5 Essential Steps | Webinar
    • Free live training to help you and your child emotional regulate through big meltdowns.
  • Understanding Childhood Trauma | Webinar
    • Free virtual webinar will help you understand the effects of trauma in children, with strategies to help manage.
  • Fear-Less Triple P Parenting | Free Course
    • This is a course for parents and caregivers with children who have anxiety. This self-led course gives families a toolbox of strategies, skills, and knowledge to build confidence in supporting their children. 
  • Alberta Health Services Caregiver Education for the Edmonton Zone | Webpage
    • Alberta Health Services is offering free online programming for parents and caregivers who support children and youth that provides them with evidence-based information, and offers strategies that promote health and resilience.
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Universal and Targeted Services | Webinars
    • Alberta Health Services is offering free webinars for parents, caregivers and, people working with children and youth. Healthcare professionals will share information, tips, and resources to help gain knowledge and build confidence. Topics include toileting, talking/speech, emotional regulation, sleeping, tummy time, etc. The webinars are available on various dates and times.
  • Active for Life | Handouts
    • Physical activities to support brain health in the early years.
  • Social Emotional Tips for Families with Infants | Posters
    • Social and Emotional Tips for Parents of Toddlers provides a set of (5) onepage posters that families can refer to during specific daily routines including:
      dressing, meal times, play time, resting and diapering.
  • Social Emotional Tips for Families with Toddlers | Posters
    • Social and Emotional Tips for Parents of Toddlers provides a set of (5) onepage posters that families can refer to during specific daily routines including:
      dressing, meal times, play time, resting and diapering.
  • Time Ins Handout | Handouts
    •  Building connection with a time in rather than time out

Coming Soon!

Register for Mental Health Training

AHVNA is offering training for Educators working with children ages 0-6
Now Open!

Resources for ages 6-12

  • Back to School Toolkit for Educators | PDF | Handouts
    • Are you looking for ways to support mental health and well-being in your school? We’ve packaged Kids Help Phone’s most popular mental health materials to share information about youth issues and raise awareness of our free, confidential e-mental health services with your students.
  • Connection Rituals to Battle Anxiety | PDF
    • “Connection Rituals to Battle Anxiety” provides parents, caregivers, and professionals with concrete tools and rituals to help children who struggle with anxiety.
  • Cultivating Resiliency in Children | PDF
    • This wonderful resource will share evidence- based strategies to help a child emotionally regulate and ground after a traumatic event. It also includes a resource from the Child Trauma Academy on “Helping Traumatized Children: A Brief Overview for Caregivers.
  • Family Media Plan | PDF
    • When media is used intentionally and in developmentally appropriate ways, media can enhance daily life. When used without clear intention it can displace many important activities and interfere with a child’s development. By creating a media plan, you can be aware of when you are using media to achieve your purpose. The printable will help you create solid goals and rules that are aligned with your family’s values.
  • Help with Online Hate | PDF
    • Helping young people recognize and respond to online hate.
  • Maps + Anxiety in Youth | Webpage
    • A comprehensive site with toolkits, videos, courses and more focused in Anxiety education and management.
  • Support for Black youth: RiseUp powered by Kids Help Phone | Webpage
    • RiseUp powered by Kids Help Phone is Canada’s first national, 24/7, bilingual e-mental health support service for Black youth. The service is free and available from coast to coast to coast.
  • Words to Calm a Child | PDF
    • “Words to Calm a Child” provides key phrases parents and caregivers can utilize to promote emotion regulation and connection with a child struggling with anxiety, anger, or sadness. We also provide a quick formula to effectively set limits with children and recommend some phrases to repair the relationship if you lose your cool in the heat of the moments.
  • Kimochis Portal for Grades 1-5 | Webpage
    • This Kimochis Portal provides grade level guides that support the Kimochis Feel Guide. Each grade outlines how Kimochis can be introduced and includes activities that are developmentally appropriate for older children.
  • MindUP Activity Starter Kit | PDF
    • This Activity Starter Kit offers opportunities to learn, reflect, and develop strategies to help manage stress and support mental well-being. contains conversation starters, brain facts and MindUP moments for engagement!
  • Brain Story Certification
    • Earn a certificate after learning about the latest research on brain science. Certification eligible for credits.
  • Childhood Anxiety 5 Strategies to help children and teens cope | Webinar
    • Free virtual webinar designed to help parents and caregivers understand anxiety on a neurological level, as well as strategies to help children and teens cope.
  • Children’s Mental Health Learning Series | Webinar
    • The children’s mental health learning series, presented in 2014 and 2015, provides caregivers, families and professionals with helpful information to increase knowledge and help support children and youth with mental health concerns.
  • Collaborative Action on Adversity, Trauma and Resilience | Webinar
    • Policy Wise for Children & Families has developed a framework for collaborative action on adversity, trauma, and resilience using findings from literature and engagement with experts and practitioners.
  • Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention | Video | Graphic Novel
    • Two graphic novels made into YouTube videos and motion comics on youth suicide prevention have been created by and for First Nations and Métis youth. These resources support youth suicide prevention and mental health promotion for Indigenous children, youth and families.
  • Supporting Every Student Series | Webpage
    • The Supporting Every Student Learning Series (SES) is intended to support professional learning for schools, school authority leaders, youth supporting agencies, and parents around creating or enhancing welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environments that support student success and wellbeing.
  • Understanding Childhood Trauma | Webinar
    • Free virtual webinar will help you understand the effects of trauma in children, with strategies to help manage.
  • Alberta Health Services Caregiver Education for the Edmonton Zone | Webpage
    • Alberta Health Services is offering free online programming for parents and caregivers who support children and youth that provides them with evidence-based information, and offers strategies that promote health and resilience.
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Universal and Targeted Services| Webinars
    • Alberta Health Services is offering free webinars for parents, caregivers and, people working with children and youth. Healthcare professionals will share information, tips, and resources to help gain knowledge and build confidence. Topics include toileting, talking/speech, emotional regulation, sleeping, tummy time, etc. The webinars are available on various dates and times

Coming Soon!

Register for Mental Health Trainings

AHVNA is offering training for Educators working with children ages 6-12
Now Open!

If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available.
Call Access Mental Health 780.424.2424 or Hope for Wellness 1.855.242.3310
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, dial 911