1st Edition

Trauma-Responsive Family Engagement in Early Childhood Practices for Equity and Resilience

By Julie Nicholson, Julie Kurtz Copyright 2022
    266 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Designed for all professionals working with parents and families of young children, this practical guide offers comprehensive resources for building trauma-responsive family engagement in your school or program. Throughout this book, you'll find:

    • Evidence-based practices that promote trauma-response family engagement.
    • Exercises and tools for identifying the strengths and learning edges within your program, school, or agency.
    • Vignettes from people and programs striving to create trusting, asset-focused partnerships with families that improve equity and promote culturally responsive practices.
    • Reflective inquiry questions and sample conversations to help you examine your own practices.

    With concrete examples and easy-to-implement strategies, this critical book helps readers put theory into practice while providing essential support for individuals and groups both new to and experienced with trauma-responsive practices in early childhood.

    Introduction: An Urgent Need for Trauma- Sensitive Family Engagement Practices in Early Childhood  1. When We Talk about Parents and Families, Who is Included?  2. Understanding State Dependent Functioning: The Importance of Maintaining Regulation in Trauma-Responsive Environments  3. Foundations of High-Quality Family Engagement  4. Core Principle: Understand Stress and Trauma  5. Core Principle: Acknowledge Systems of Privilege and Oppression and Take Actions to Disrupt Inequity  6. Core Principle: Establish Safety and Predictability  7. Core Principle: Provide Opportunities for Agency and Control  8. Core Principle: Promote Coping, Resilience, Healing and Wellness  9. Father Engagement: Intentionally Planning for and Centering Fathers and Father Figures in Early Childhood  10. Case Studies: Applying Ideas Throughout the Book to Your Practice


    Julie Nicholson is Professor of Practice in the School of Education at Mills College and Co-Director of the Center for Equity in Early Childhood Education.

    Julie Kurtz is CEO at the Center for Optimal Brain Integration® and trains on social-emotional and trauma-responsive practices across the lifespan. She also operates a private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist in California, USA.