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