Kindness and Empathy During the Holidays and Beyond


The holiday season is a wonderful time to appreciate the diversity of values, traditions and belief systems that exist within our schools and communities. With all of the hustle, bustle and excitement of the season, however, the time can often be difficult and stressful for children and families.

As we join together to celebrate the season and holiday break in the coming weeks, find resources below for demonstrating kindness and empathy and for minimizing stress at home.


Teaching Kids Kindness Through the Holidays and Beyond

Parents, guardians and mentors play a major role in helping children to learn kindness and compassion. Learn more. 

Winter Break is hard for So Many of Our Students

For educators and school staff, it is important to be aware of how to talk about winter break, keeping in mind that not all children look forward to the same opportunities and experiences during the winter break. Learn more.

How to Take the Stress Out of the Holidays

The holiday season can be incredibly stressful for many families and children. Find tips to help minimize stress and make the time more enjoyable and fulfilling. Learn more.

For Many Kids, Winter Break Means Hungry Holidays

While many children and families look forward to the break from school and work during the holiday season, for others it can mean going hungry as families struggle to fill the gap without subsidized school meals. Learn more.

Center Resources

Stories From the Field: Harrisonburg City Public Schools (Case Study Video)
Partner Build Grow: An Action Guide for Sustaining Child Development and Prevention Approaches
The Impact of School-Connected Behavioral and Emotional Health Interventions on Student Academic Performance

View Additional Tools & Resources


Grant Alerts

Youth Creating Change Mini-Grants | Community Collaborative for Child Health

Grants aim to foster youth-led initiatives that promote positive health outcomes through civic engagement and leadership. Learn more.

Deadline: January 6, 2020

Child Mental Healthcare Access Improvement/Development Grants | Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation

Purpose is to improve access to mental health care for children and expand the number of professional and paraprofessional treatment personnel. Learn more.

Deadline: January 10, 2020

Innovative Reading Grant | American Association of School Librarians

Supports the planning and implementation of unique programs for children which motivate and encourage reading Learn more.

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Environmental Literacy Grants | Department of Commerce

Build environmental literacy of K-12 students to support environmental health and resiliency of communities.  Learn more.

Deadline: March 26, 2020

Please note: The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools does not administer these funding opportunities. Please refer to each organization for further direction and details.



Job Opportunities

Spanish-Speaking Mental Health Counselor | Fenway High School (Boston, MA)

Provide culturally responsive therapy and case management and support students’ social-emotional health. Learn more.

School Psychologist | DC Public Schools (Washington, DC)

Provide psychological services to students pre-K through 12, including screening, assessment, and counseling. Learn more.

School-Based Clinician, LMSW, LCSW | The Guidance Center of Westchester  (Mount Vernon, NY)

Screen, assess and evaluate students and provide evidence-based treatment methods in mental health care of students and families. Learn more.

Health Education Supervisor, School-Based Health Centers | La Clinica de La Raza  (Oakland, CA)

Provide oversight for the health education services and programming at school-based health centers in Alameda County.  Learn more.


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