COVID Related Resources for
IMH Professionals

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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. 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. 

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

Resource: The Children's Equity Project  has published a new report outlining 14 critical priorities and actionable policies that federal and state policymakers can immediately and concretely utilize to advance equity in the early care and education system. This coordinated policy agenda can help us build stronger, more equitable systems for all children. 


Resource: The IECMH Clinical Workforce Solution Pathways  This resource from Zero To Three highlights areas of opportunity for positively influencing the size, diversity, quality, and accessibility of the IECMH clinical workforce.

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 too young to talk about race looks at childrens' developmental stages around race and differences, from the Children's Community School in Philadelphia

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

Blog: In this series from the Center Early Education and Development, Research Associate Alyssa Meuwissen delves into common questions about the loss of enrichment opportunities, the bump in screen time and the impact on development that young children have faced during the pandemic. 
Part 1: Will our kids be okay? Parents' concerns about the pandemic's effect on children
Part 2: The middle ground: supporting children's brain development during the pandemic
Part 3: The pandemic's biggest impact on children? How it affects adults


Resources:  Sesame Street Caring for Each Other initiative  has launched new resources for families and children to help caregivers and children navigate their “for now normal” for the duration of this crisis and beyond.

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

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

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.

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 This playlist of videos in English, Spanish & Arabic includes activities and information for providers and families.

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

~ updated 12/3/2020


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.