COVID Related Resources for

IMH Professionals


The Washington Association for Infant Mental Health works with a great network of other organizations as members, mentors, and collaborators. We are pleased to share resources for all Infant Mental Health professionals during this COVID-19 crisis.  Be sure click here to view our calendar of online trainings, webinars, and other events in our community and across the country.

Self-Care for Prenatal to Five Providers

Meditation:  UCLA Guided Meditations in Spanish & English An introduction to mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own, stream these guided meditations. Recorded by UCLA MARC's Director of Mindfulness Education, Diana Winston. 

Webinar:  The Center for Child & Family Well-Being at University of Washington is presenting an ongoing series of sessions in support of providers' self-care. 

Infographic:  Supporting BIPOC colleagues  This one-pager was created by the Outreach and Diversity Committee of the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota to help us understand how to converse with BIPOC colleagues, trainees, students (as well as community partners, friends, etc.) at this time. 


Podcast  It Takes a Village with Dr. Mary Harrison The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota presents this interview about how reflective practice can help us check in with ourselves and others, and show up for each other collectively.


Infographic:  A Path To Resilience   Four scientifically-backed methods for restoring calm, hope and control from the Center for Child & Family Well Being.


Podcast  COVID-19 Special Edition: Self-Care Isn’t Selfish Host Sally Pfitzer speaks with Dr. Rahil Briggs, National Director of ZERO TO THREE’s HealthySteps program, about how pediatricians are serving their patients during the pandemic; why caregiver health is child health; and what she hopes the healthcare system can learn as a result of the pandemic.

Audio  Awareness of Thoughts A practice to strengthen mindfulness and resilience, led by Ann Hollar


Audio Soften, Sooth, Allow Meditation Strengthen your ability to be with difficult emotions and build self-compassion with Blaire Carleton




Caring for Families of Young Children

Webinar Series:  Equity in IECMH Consultation This 4 part series from the Center of Excellence for IECMH Consultation discusses important topics for bringing equity to IECMH Consulation services. 


Resource: The Truth about Basic Needs for Families with Children 0-5   This brief comes from the Rapid Early Childhood Study, a weekly survey that goes out to parents of young children through the University of OregonIt is a summary of the impact of COVID-19 on households with very young children, with a specific look at racial inequities.   

Infographic:  They're not to young to talk about race looks at childrens' developmental stages around race and differences, from the Children's Community School in Philadelphia

Webinar: Equity & the Role of Child Care, Part Two This recording of a Child Care Aware of America dialogue about fixing the child care system and ensuring equal access to tools and opportunity for infants and young children. Originally aired on June 25.

Podcast: Domestic Violence and Shelter-In-Place The Brain Architects host Sally Pfitzer speaks with Dr. Tien Ung, Program Director for Impact and Learning at FUTURES without Violence. For those who are experiencing domestic violence, or believe they know someone one who is, what options are available to stay both physically healthy and safe from violence?


Webinar: Equity & the Role of Child Care, Part One  Sign in to watch a recording of this Child Care Aware of America dialogue about fixing the child care system and ensuring equal access to tools and opportunity for infants and young children. Originally aired on June 9.

Infographic:  Tips for Supporting Infants & Young Children's Transition as we Re-Open  The global pandemic has been stressful for everyone, including our children and it will take time for them to adjust to re-opening.  This document from The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health walks through tips to support infants and young children through this transition.


Resource: NAIMH Tips for Child Care Providers  Supporting young children's social emotional well-being during times of change, shared by Nebraska Association for Infant Mental Health.

Resource: CCFW Emotions & Stress Handout This list helps strengthen emotional literacy in adults and children alike and includes synonyms for feelings, physical sensations and sources of stress.

Infographic:  Guidelines for Beginning and Maintaining a Reflective Supervision/Consultation Relationship via Distance Technology This 4-page infographic from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, provides best practices for RSC relationships using distance technology and includes a section on combating video meeting fatigue.

Webinar: Helping Your Children Manage COVID-19 Realities: Beyond the Facts and Into the Effects on our Lives  for professionals and families, with Dr. Anne Gearity. Sponsored by MACMH - the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health.

Resource: COVID-19's Early Impact on Home Visiting  This HARC-Beat survey “took the pulse” of local programs' early efforts to adapt to disruptions arising from the pandemic.


Resource:  Infant Mental Health Telehealth Guide from MI-AIMH


Video: Neurosequential Network State-dependence with Dr. Bruce Perry


Video:  Supporting Families & Caregivers of  Young Children  with Drs. Joy Osofsky & Gary Costa


Resource:  Child Care COVID Communication, Response, and Referral Center

Resources for Parents in Supporting the Well-Being of their Young Children

Resources:  King County Library System Offers many free online activities for yourng children and their families this fall.

Video:  How do I make sure I'm not raising the next 'Amy Cooper'? EmbraceRace conversation with Dr. Jennifer Harvey, about what the parents of White children, in particular, can do to ensure they're not raising white children who are quick to call the police on Black and Indigenous people and people of color.   

Video:  I(Still) Can't Breathe  EmbraceRace interview with Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith about talking to children of color about policing, violence, race, safety, and justice.

Activities:  Early Childhood Stay-at-Home activities Debbie LeeKeenan shared this photo diary of early childhood activities she did with her grandchildren during the COVID-19 shelter in place. 

Checklist:  Back to School Planning These checklists from the CDC are intended to help parents, guardians, and caregivers, plan and prepare for the upcoming school year.

Article:  Will my Child Bounce Back? Parents may be interested in this article about children's response to crisis.

Book List:  A reading list of diverse children's books from Here Wee Read

Video:  Executive Function Tips in the Time of COVID-19  In response to these abnormal times, Marydee Sklar from Executive Functioning Success put together a video and blog post with tips to help parents and children.

Resource:  Early Learning Math Kit Ideas for Supporting Young Children’s Math Skills During Coronavirus and Beyond from the Stanford University's Development & Research in Early Math Education. Available in Spanish and English.

Resource:  Fathering During COVID This brochure contains helpful tips for dads from the Wayne State University School of Social Work.


Storybook:  Birdie and the Virus has been specifically designed to support the mental health and emotional well-being of babies and young children, their parents and families, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Created by the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health and Children's Health Queensland

Video:  Teaching Children about PPE  This video is designed to help kids better understand why medical providers look a little different right now with the extra Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they're wearing due to COVID-19.

Resource:  Tips for Families from Zero to Three

Video: Child Care Resources COVID-19 playlist

Resource:  Answering your young child's questions about coronavirus

Blog Post:  Keep Your Infant Safe & Healthy During COVID-19

Webpage:   Calm’s “Take a Deep Breath”  Child and youth specific audio meditations

~ updated 7/16/2020


Please note, this resource page is provided for informational purposes only. The majority of links posted above will take visitors to external sites that are not affiliated with WA-AIMH. This does not indicate our endorsement of any of the specific ideas, resources, links, or commentary shared, nor can we guarantee the accuracy of information as this is a quickly evolving situation.

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