In 2019, the Community Children's Center received a Kansas Health Foundation Impact Grant to develop trauma awareness training for Douglas County and the surrounding area. We partnered with Marcia Weseman, Ed.D. to develop "Trauma Aware Today" with the intention that this one-day course would begin the trauma informed journey for organizations and leaders in our community. We quickly realized awareness was not enough. We needed to be able to move participants beyond awareness through the other stages of the continuum as identified by the Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework to Become Trauma Informed.
Late 2020, CCC received an All in for Kansas Kids Quality Subgrant to develop the remaining three stages of the series. "Trauma Aware Today" and "Trauma Sensitive Today" will be available both online and in person in the first half of 2021. The final two stages will be available in 2022.
The series will discuss prevalence of trauma and how trauma might impact their clientele, staff and community. Participants will review the effects of trauma on brain architecture and the consequences seen in behavior; generational trauma; physical and mental health; and learning. The significance of adult and/or leaders’ management of their own emotions and energy levels on other’s success will also be emphasized. Discussion topics include practice and policy implications when principles of trauma-informed organizations are part of the culture including: safety; transparency and trustworthiness; collaboration; peer support; voice, choice, and empowerment; and cultural, historical and gender issues.
Early Childhood Hub Online
Late 2020, CCC received a second All in for Kansas Kids Quality Subgrant to create an an online hub for all things early childhood in Douglas County, Kansas. This comprehensive resource will serve as a "one-stop shop" for families, caregivers and early childhood professionals who need information, education and/or connection to better support and care for children from birth to 5 years of age. Key partners in this effort cross public and private sectors to “connect the dots" by creating logical pathways and seamless online navigation to supports for Douglas County families with young children. The hub is slated to go live in the second half of 2021.