This second edition of Trauma-Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators continues to guide childcare providers and early educators working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary-aged children to understand trauma as well as its impact on young children’s brains, behavior, learning and development. The book covers a range of trauma-responsive teaching strategies that readers can use to create strength-based environments that support children’s health, healing and resiliency. Updates include a greater emphasis on resilience and collaborating with mental health specialists, new chapters on developing children’s body awareness/sensory literacy and pathways to regulation that reduce stress through breathing techniques and mindful movement, as well as new vignettes and case studies to use in workshops or professional development. Supervisors and coaches will learn a range of powerful trauma-responsive practices that they can use to support workforce development and enhance their quality improvement initiatives.
Introduction 1. Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma and the Science of Resilience and Healing 2. Foundations of Trauma-Responsive Practice for Early Childhood Education 3. Trauma-Responsive Early Childhood Environments 4. Building Children’s Body Awareness to Strengthen Sensory and Emotional Literacy 5. Pathways to Regulation: Supporting Young Children to Bring their Thinking Brains Back Online 6. Case Studies Conclusion