Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Role of Early Care and Education Providers

Early care and education providers, as well as home visitors, play an important role in the lives of the young children in their care. It is important for a provider to consider the following:

  • What is it like to be this baby or toddler? All behavior has meaning, try and figure out what each baby is trying to tell you.
  • What is it like to be this parent/family? –Remember parents have their own emotional state, handling style, reactions and come with their own histories
  • What is the present relationship with the child and the parent/family? Talk with parents/families about the child’s care, what life is like for them with their baby or toddler
  • Remember not to judge the parent/family.

To help you understand the important role of an early care and education provider please review the sections to the right on: