Pre-School Stress Relief Project

Adapted for use with children with disabilities.....
The PSSRP is the recipient of the 1990 Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Exemplary Award.

What is Pre-School Stress Relief?

The Pre-School Stress Relief Project (PSSRP) is a prevention that increases children's wel being, mental health, emotional intelligence by poviding training, consultation and educational resources in stress management for childcare workers, and public school teachers. The project's goal is to enable teachers to instruct pre-schoolers and elementary school students in developing positive coping skills for reducing and managing stress in their lives. The project provides workshops for parents on stress reduction techniques for families.(The PSSRP Model has been adapted to enable teachers and parents to support preschoolers with disabilities to develop positive coping skills for stress reduction. This innovative approach is suitable for public school pre-school special education programs, traditional and specialized, centerbased and in-home child care settings.)


  • To provide training, consultation and educational services for teachers and parents
  • To increase knowledge¬†and skills in stress management and¬†wellness
  • To increase awareness of the wholistic approach to stress management
  • To develop and distribute educational resource materials and referral information
  • To increase self-concept, coping skills and anger management skills in pre-schoolers
  • To provide a training of Trainers (TOT) program to lead teachers



The PSSRP teaches young children positive coping skills for dealing with "stress" or "changes" in their lives. The program serves pre-schoolers, ages 3-5 years and the primary grades, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd.

Program Rationale

Young children today are living in and inheriting more stressful conditions than ever before. Most children are not prepared to cope with large amounts of "changes" or "stress" experienced in their early years of development. Some of these stressors may be due to family instability, lack of nurturing, family history of substance abuse, illnesses, family violence and other daily stressors. By learning coping skills early, children will be equipped to deal with life's stressful events in a healthy manner.

The six week PSSRP curriculum covers:

  • A positive self-concept
  • An awareness of feelings
  • An understanding of body changes
  • Stress coping skills
  • Appropriate releases for anger


The teachers participate in a 2 day workshop that covers:
  • Stress and how it affects you
  • Wholistic Stress Management Techniques
  • Developmental stages of children
  • Early identification of stress in pre-schoolers
  • Causes of stress in children
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • How to implement the PSSRP model in the classroom
  • Referral Resources


Three workshops are provided for parents to help them understand ways to reduce their stress levels and increase their understanding of coping with the child's stress. The titles of the workshops are:
  • Adult Stress Management
  • Reducing Stress in Children
  • Family Stress Management

The PSSRP has produced original culturally relevant videos for the adult population in "Stress Management" and "Parenting and Stress".

What Parents Say About The Stress Relief Project

"I plan to learn to deal with stress a little better by exercising, eating nutritious food, thinking and doing pleasant things which include the kids."
Atlanta, Georgia

"I really learned new things about different kinds of stress."
Seattle, Washington

"This training helps people to control and handle their feelings."
Cincinnati, Ohio

The Curriculum

Each teacher uses a 6 lesson curriculum in educating pre-schoolers in the classroom on stress education. The topics of the 6 lessons are:
  • I Am A Good Person
  • Understanding feelings
  • Body changes
  • Positive anger releases
  • Breathing and relaxation
  • Exercise
Additional educational materials used to supplement the curriculum are:
  • Puppet Videos
  • Cassette of Songs
  • Posters
  • Worksheets
  • Puppets
  • Stickers

What Teachers Say About The Stress Relief Project

"This program should be taught in schools all over the United States."
Atlanta, Georgia

"This program is great! I can understand the children better now. It has a curriculum kit to use while teaching the stress lessons to the children in the classroom."
San Jose, California

"This is one of the best training sessions I have ever attended. We need more workshops on how to help our children deal with stress at school and in the home."
Washington, D.C.


The Pre-School Stress Relief Project is sponsored by the Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Inc. (WSCI) and funded through a federal grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). The project is in its second round of funding. The initial PSSRP project was under the auspices of the National Council of Negro Women.
Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Inc.
2545 Benjamin E. Mays Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30311
(404) 755-0068 - Office | (404) 755-4333 - Fax | - Email
Pre-School Stress Relief