Overview of Resources

While there are numerous excellent disaster resources, we have included those that focus on ways that families with young children support children in the aftermath of a disaster. We are including resources developed by our CPP community as well as those that our community of early childhood trauma therapists have found useful. All the resources listed below are freely available.

Brief Handouts

After a Crisis: How Young Children Heal

Free one page handout to support families with young children after disasters.

Available in:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Dari
  • Pashto

Psychological First Aid Handouts

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. PFA was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD, with contributions from individuals involved in disaster research and response.

You can access the full PFA Field Operations Guide from NCTSN, there are also a number of simple handouts specific to the needs of young children developed with CPP community members that may be especially useful to distribute in the aftermath of a disaster. 


Stories and Other Materials Families Can Use With Children

Sesame Street in Communities

Sesame Street in Communities has numerous resources related to disaster preparation and helping children following disasters.

Piplo Productions

In addition to the free Trinka and Sam disaster coloring books series developed in collaboration with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Piplo Productions has numerous books to support families in healing after trauma.

The Trinka and Sam series is available in multiple languages with versions for:

Other Websites

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

NCTSN has resources related to child trauma for children of all ages. Click the image to visit the disaster-related resource section of the website.

In addition,  NCTSN Facebook page often has specific posts linking to resources specific to a recent disaster.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three is an organization dedicated to ensuring that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.

They have a listing of disaster-related resources for parents,

Their Shelter From the Storm materials offer guidance and resources for: