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Resources for Healing-Centered Practice

Are you an infant and early childhood professional? This toolkit includes trauma-informed, healing-centered resources to support you in your work with caregivers of children who are prenatal to age 6.

As the toolkit continues coming together, check back soon for more resources including publications, videos, vignettes, modules for deeper learning and additional archived trainings.

If you would like to receive updates on the toolkit as it is created, please reach out to MACMH’s Infant & Early Childhood Director Lauren Moberg at lmoberg@macmh.org.


Webinars

+ Disposition for Kindness: A Valuable Part of Your Early Childhood Toolbox
+ The Drama of Working with Young Children
+ Self Care + Self Compassion as a Provider in Care & a Provider Who Cares
+ Trauma Responsive Care in Early Childhood Settings Panel

Podcasts

+ Trauma Responsive Care in Early Childhood Settings (2 Parts)
+ Early Risers

Narratives

+ When Something Bad Happens


Webinars

Disposition for Kindness: A Valuable Part of Your Early Childhood Toolbox

All children depend on the kindness of adults to assure them that the world is safe and reliable. Learning is best guided by positive regard— encouraging, applauding, supporting; even hard lessons are best received when adults stay strong and kind.  Children who have experienced persistent and even toxic stress or traumatic events need this reassurance even more, not less— especially when their behaviors feel confusing and against social expectations.  This hour-long training will explore a “disposition for kindness”— our mindset that allows us to stay connected to children as we help them learn and thrive.

Presented by Anne Gearity, PhD, LICSW | Webinar Duration: 1 Hour

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The Drama of Working with Young Children

Providing care for young children can stir up intense reactions in caregiving staff.  In fact, research shows that the challenges that some young children have to endure can create stress in their caregivers. This hour-long training will discuss some of the reasons this work is so hard, present real life examples, and consider ways to handle challenges that occur within ourselves and staff.

Presented by Carol Siegel, PhD, LP | Webinar Duration: 1 Hour

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Who’s Holding You While You Hold the Children: Self Care + Self Compassion as a Provider in Care & a Provider Who Cares

The experiences of being heard, acknowledged, and validated can help every person and every relationship in infant/early childhood work.  Just as you help children and parents begin to confront previously unexamined patterns of stressful experiences, you will want to consider how this work impacts or triggers your responses or reactions.  Exploring these areas can assist in making conscious changes that break potentially harmful patterns during stressful times.  This hour-long training will explore the power of the pause, practice mindfulness, and examine independently how your own stress or triggers might interfere with your self-care and self-compassion.

Presented by Sheila Sweeney, PhD | Webinar Duration: 1 Hour

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Trauma Responsive Care in Early Childhood Settings Panel

Presented by Tania Rivera – Circulo de Amigo Childcare Center, Nedra Robinson – Simpson Housing Services, Lily Crooks – Seward Childcare Center & Arielle Handevidt – Northside Achievement Zone | Webinar Duration: 1.5 Hours

Watch the Panel


Podcasts

Trauma Responsive Care in Early Childhood Settings Part 1

What does it mean to be trauma-aware? Join us as we talk with guests Arielle Handevidt from Northside Achievement Zone and Lily Cooks from Seward Child Development Center as we discuss an overview of this concept in early care settings. We will reflect on key elements that create success when you are caring for children experiencing trauma. Length: 21 minutes, 45 seconds

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Trauma Responsive Care in Early Childhood Settings Part 2

What does it mean to be trauma-aware? Join us as we talk with guests Arielle Handevidt from Northside We continue our discussion about being trauma-aware with our guests Arielle Handevidt from Northside Achievement Zone and Lily Cooks from Seward Child Development Center.  In this podcast we dig deeper into the role of leadership in an early childhood setting to be trauma responsive to staff, parents, and children. Length: 23 minutes, 57 seconds

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Early Risers Podcast

Research clearly shows that children not only recognize race from a very young age, but also develop racial biases by ages three to five that do not necessarily resemble the racial attitudes of adults in their lives.  Racial trauma is one term used to describe the physical and psychological symptoms that people of Color often experience after exposure to particularly stressful experiences of racism.  People of color experience higher levels of trauma and adverse life experiences compared to their white counterparts and racism and race-based violence are fundamental causes of health and mental health inequities and poorer outcomes.

Early Risers is a podcast from Little Moments Count and Minnesota Public Radio with frank facts, engaging stories and real how-tos for anyone who cares about raising children with a clear eyed understanding of cultural differences, race and implicit bias. The podcast is hosted by Dianne Haulcy of Think Small.

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When something stressful or traumatic happens in a young child’s life, it can impact the child’s development based on a variety of factors.  The presence of a caring and responsive adult, combined with a way of making sense of the stress or trauma that took place, can help to buffer young children against the impacts of stress. 

The following stories are written through the child’s eyes, around a variety of life events a young child might experience. They include developmentally-sensitive language and a “making sense of” the event process for a child.

Read the narrative.


This toolkit is made possible using federal funding, 93.434 -ESSA Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more on the Preschool Development Grant web page.