Supporting Caregivers and Children Affected by Conflict

Oct 30, 2023 | What's New?

At the heart of Healthy Child Care Colorado is the belief that every child deserves a healthy, safe, and supportive childhood setting. Unfortunately, the conflict in Israel and Gaza, as well as conflicts around the world, are robbing many children and families of this reality. We want to express our solidarity with them and emphasize the importance of finding peaceful resolutions.  

In these trying times, it is essential that we remember the universal value of childhood, irrespective of geographic boundaries or political affiliations. The children caught in the turmoil of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and conflicts everywhere, deserve to grow up in environments that nurture their potential and allows them to flourish.

To offer our support, we have gathered resources designed to help caregivers and childcare providers in this challenging situation. We believe that by equipping caregivers with the knowledge and tools to address the emotional needs of these children, we can contribute to fostering resilience. 

Healthy Child Care Colorado stands in solidarity with all children. We recognize children deserve a peaceful and nurturing environment in which to grow. We hope that these resources will be a small step towards the brighter and safer future we all envision. 


American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Grief and Children 

The Jefferson Center:  

Learning for Justice: Discussing War & Conflict: Resources for Educators, Parents, & Caregivers 

We Are Teachers: How to Talk to Kids About the Hamas-Israel War 

Zero to Three: 

Child Mind Institute: Helping Children Cope with Frightening News 

Rocky Mountain PBS Kids: Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News 

IMatter: The I Matter program can connect you with a therapist for up to 6 free virtual counseling sessions (some in-person appointments available, too) that are completely confidential. Talking with someone can make you feel better. To start, click on “Youth” below to take a short survey. Be as honest as possible: your answers will help match you with the right therapist. 

  • If you’re 11 or younger, your parent or guardian must fill out the survey with you. 
  • Parents, seeking support for your child is not a sign of failure—it’s a sign of strength. 

Thank you for your dedication to the well-being of children, no matter where they come from or what challenges they face.