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Trauma-informed Care for Early Childhood


A rendering of the ECCC Indoor play space.

One of the fundamental principles of care at the Early Childhood Community Center is that child care professionals will be trained in and encouraged to engage in trauma-informed child care. Trauma-informed care in early childhood education involves creating a safe and supportive environment for children that recognizes the potential impact of trauma on their development. Trauma can include experiences such as abuse, neglect, natural disasters, or the death of a loved one.

This approach focuses on understanding the child's behavior in the context of their experiences and providing appropriate support and interventions to help them cope and heal.


Some fundamental principles of trauma-informed care in early childhood education include:

  1. Training providers to understand the impact of trauma on children's development and behavior.

  2. Creating a safe and supportive learning environment promotes positive relationships, trust, and emotional regulation.

  3. Building strong partnerships between child care professionals and families to support children's social-emotional development and address trauma-related needs.

  4. Helping caregivers to access appropriate interventions and support for children who have experienced trauma, such as counseling or therapy.

By adopting a trauma-informed approach, early childhood educators can help support the well-being and development of young children who have experienced trauma, promoting positive outcomes both in the classroom and in their lives beyond. For more information on our Early Childhood Community Center, check our our ECCC page.

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