Guidance & Nurturing

Trauma Informed Care

The Administration for Children & Families Resources Specific to Early Childhood Programs (webpage):  This webpage offers information and resources related to providing trauma-informed care in early care and education settings. Explore research briefs, videos, webinars that offer information about best practices to ensure your program is trauma-informed.

Resilient Wisconsin: Trauma-Informed Practice (webpage):  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services offers foundational information as well as key resources from national organizations to promote understanding of trauma-informed practices, including The Four “R’s” and Six Guiding Principles.

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Online Professional Development System (webpage): Through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s free, online, on-demand system, learners will understand the prevalence and impact of toxic stress on youth and those who care for them. Additionally, participants will understand how to infuse the values of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment into various aspects of their existing equitable multi-level system of support.

How to Implement Trauma-informed Care to Build Resilience to Childhood Trauma (webpage):  This brief summarizes current research and promising practices for implementing trauma-informed care to support the well-being of children exposed to trauma and help them reach their full potential.

Trauma: Responding to Crisis and Fostering Recovery (webpage):  From the Head Start Early Learning & Knowledge Center, this resource will help caregivers and families understand the signs and dangers of stress in young children. Strategies to promote resilience and support positive outcomes are also available.

The Pyramid Model and Trauma-Informed Care: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals to Support Young Children’s Resilience (PDF): This guide provides resources that support early childhood professionals to integrate the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social and Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children and trauma-informed care.

The Support for Teachers Affected by Trauma (STAT) (webpage):  The STAT comprises five online modules that explore the concepts of secondary trauma, risk factors associated with susceptibility to STS, the impact of STS across multiple life domains, and tangible self-care skills. Geared toward preK-12 teachers, the STAT is a user-friendly curriculum that allows participants to engage in a range of STS learning interactives.

Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children, and their Families (webpage): This is the seventh in a series of modules created by The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation.

Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development Trauma-Informed Care (webpage): The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development, along with JBS International, created this web-based tool to support leaders and decision-makers along their journey to becoming trauma-informed.


Updated 3/09/2023