The Traumatic Stress Institute fosters the transformation of organizations and service systems to trauma-informed care (TIC) through the delivery of whole-system consultation, professional training, coaching, and research.
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Early Head Start/Head Start American Rescue Plan & Trauma-Informed Care

February 22, 2023 / by Elaine Liberato Jenkins

Early Head Start/Head Start American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act grant recipients are facing challenges regarding how to spend down ARP funding by March 31, 2023. While initial funds were a critical lifeline to child care programs during the worst of the pandemic, there's still plenty that can be done to create stability in programs for the long-term; grant recipients know the importance of building workplace environments that are safe, equitable, trustworthy, and that support healing. 

At the Traumatic Stress Institute we offer a Whole-System Change Model to Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). Our model provides programs with an opportunity to build TIC practices that are rooted in healthy relationships and can serve as protective factors to build resilience – for staff, children, and caregivers. The model has been developed over our 20 years of work in trauma-informed care and it:

  • Improves the quality of services provided to families in Head Start communities
  • Provides a framework for creating a program-wide trauma-informed, inclusive environment
  • Provides long-term professional development experience for staff through a train-the-trainer approach
  • Improves quality of classroom management and instructional learning to meet CLASS® domains
  • Promotes reflective supervision through a trauma-informed approach and focuses on staff wellness
  • Supports procedural change through data-driven decision making

Regardless of where your program is located, the Traumatic Stress Institute can support your next steps to becoming a TIC organization. If you are currently exploring ways to become a trauma-informed agency or searching for a TIC program evaluation supported through data, click below to schedule a free consultation call.

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Tags: Whole-System Change, Measurement & Research, Head Start

Elaine Liberato Jenkins

Written by Elaine Liberato Jenkins

Elaine's passion lies in advocacy for young children and their families - especially those with special needs. She has a special interest in coaching and development of early childhood educators and community leadership. Elaine is an active member of the early childhood community in Mecklenburg county, North Carolina. She serves on several community advocacy committees that promote preschool programs to support children’s social and emotional development, as well as increasing awareness of early childhood trauma experiences to create inclusive learning settings, equity, and diversity. Elaine has over 15 years of field experience working closely with diverse groups – of families, children, educators, administrators, and community agencies – to help them move toward whole-system change.