What is Early Childhood Mental Health

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Your child’s mental health is just as important as their physical well-being.

 “Mental health” refers to how we feel about ourselves and others as well as how we deal with life. You – and all your child’s caregivers – have an important role to play in promoting good mental health. You help foster mental health by providing:

  • A safe space to live and play
  • Healthy types and amounts of food
  • Love, care, and comfort
  • Time for active play and engagement with other children
  • Time to rest and relax
  • Guidance and discipline that is firm but not harsh

These tips and more are available at www.illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets/mental-essential.

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