Perspectives on Early Childhood Psychology and Education

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The intent of this special section on promoting mind-body health in preschoolers is to review the related areas of assessment, intervention, and physical health care practices. The preschool years are a time of critical development, growth, and vulnerability. Growth trajectories put in place and supported across settings can lead to positive outcomes. However, these can be interrupted during periods of trauma. It is at these times that the overall wellness of these youth requires careful support. This introduction reviews preschool mind-body health development, assessment, and intervention within a cultural context, both as part of typical development and in the case of traumatic events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.