Specifically designed for administrators and leaders working in early childhood education, this practical guide offers comprehensive resources for creating trauma-responsive organizations and systems. Throughout this book, you'll find:
- Exercises and tools for identifying the strengths and areas in need of change within your program, school or agency.
- Reflection questions and sample conversations.
- Rich vignettes from programs already striving to create healthier, trauma-responsive environments.
The guidance in this book is explained with simple, easy-to-implement strategies you can apply immediately to your own practice and is accompanied by brainstorming questions to help educational leaders both new to and experienced with trauma-informed practices succeed.
Julie Nicholson is Professor of Practice in the School of Education at Mills College and Co-Director at the Center for Equity in Early Childhood Education.
Jen Leland is Director of Partnerships for Trauma Transformed (TT), a seven county trauma-informed regional system of care.
Julie Kurtz is CEO at the Center for Optimal Brain Integration®. She coaches and trains on trauma-responsive and resilience building practices and social-emotional skills across the lifespan. She also operates a small private practice in California.
LaWanda Wesley is Director of Quality Enhancement & Professional Development at the Early Childhood Education Department, Oakland Unified School District and Co-Director at the Center for Equity in Early Childhood Education.
Sarah Nadiv is CEO at Global Health and Education Strategies.
1. Understanding State Dependent Functioning 2. Trauma-Responsive Organizational Continuum for the Early Childhood Field 3. Core Principle - Build Mutually Respectful and Trusting Relationships 4. Core Principle - Acknowledge Systems of Privilege and Oppression and Take Actions to Disrupt Inequity 5. Core Principle - Create Environments that Reinforce Messages of Safety and Predictability 6. Core Principle - Intentionally Promote Coping, Resilience and Healing 7. Core Principle - Using Evidence to Build Insights and Learn Collaboratively 8. Case Study 9. Conclusion 10. Resources