Trauma-Informed Practices in Early Childhood Education (TIP-ECE)

Young children with caregiver

Learn about trauma and its impact on young children’s learning and development. Understand how to use strategies that are sensitive to children who may have experienced trauma and that support the health, healing, resilience, and well-being of these children.

WestEd’s Trauma Responsive Training improved the confidence of our teaching and support staff in implementing trauma-responsive practices. The training was supportive of participants and gave them strategies to build a trauma-responsive classroom to support all children and families.

— Cheryl Horney, Child Development Program Director, Wu Yee Children’s Services (CA)

Who Will Benefit

  • ECE teachers/providers (Title 22 & Title 5 Programs)
  • ECE program administrators
  • Family child care owners/providers
  • Early Head Start/Head Start staff
  • Resource and referral agencies
  • Child care planning councils
  • Advocacy organizations
  • First 5 California agencies
  • License-exempt providers (family, friend, and neighbor)
  • Parents, caregivers, and family members of young children
  • Foster family agencies
  • Principals, Directors, Site Supervisors, and District Administrators
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants and Interventionists

What You Will Learn

TIP-ECE is based on the most recent research and is tailored specifically to the needs of the early childhood community. Its professional learning modules are designed for participants to:

  • Learn about trauma and its impact on young children’s learning and development
  • Understand how to use strategies that are sensitive to children who may have experienced trauma and that support the health, healing, resilience, and well-being of these children
  • Learn how to ensure that their own child-serving organization and/or systems are responsive to the needs of children affected by trauma, and that workplace practices are in place to support the wellness of staff
  • Understand how to integrate what they learn through TIP-ECE into leadership and supervision within their organization

Service Details

TIP-ECE offers half- and full-day research-based professional learning modules about the effects of trauma on young children and trauma-informed practices to support them.

You may choose to engage in just one module or use multiple modules as a professional learning series. For example, two half-day modules can be provided as one full-day session. In addition, modules can be customized for different contexts and audiences.

There are 18 available modules with such topics as Overview of Trauma and Its Impact; Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care for the ECE Workforce; and Impact of Trauma on Children’s Brain Development and Behavior (Download full descriptions of all the available modules). 

The TIP-ECE team can also facilitate Communities of Practice/Professional Learning Communities and/or provide TIP-focused coaching to support implementation of TIP strategies in the context of daily practice.

What Makes This Service Unique

Addressing the impact of early childhood trauma is a pervasive challenge in the United States

According to the American Psychological Association, approximately half the children in this country experience some type of trauma during their childhood. These children need teachers, providers, and caregivers who understand trauma and the impact research has shown it to have on children’s physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Yet many who work with young children lack the necessary knowledge, skills, or tools to effectively serve this population, and few resources on trauma-informed practices exist for them.

WestEd’s Trauma-Informed Practices in Early Childhood Education (TIP-ECE) addresses this challenge by supporting early childhood teachers, providers, and caregivers to be:

  • Informed about trauma and its effects
  • Sensitive to those effects
  • Equipped with the skills and knowledge that promote caring and responsive programs for children from prenatal through 8 years old affected by trauma in any form

The TIP-ECE team includes:

  • Julie Nicholson, Deputy Program Director, Center for Child & Family Studies at WestEd
  • Julie Kurtz, Regional Director, Center for Child & Family Studies at WestEd
  • Linda Perez, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Education, Mills College
  • Dana Cox, Research Associate II-Inclusion Support Specialist, Working Together for Inclusion & Belonging Program
  • Mayra Cruz, Faculty, Child Development & Education Department, and San Jose Evergreen Community College District Board Trustee
  • Laura Fish, Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Lakisha Hill, Facilitator, Contra Costa County Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Jonathan Julian, Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Intern
  • Rita Montez, Owner, The Full Circle Development Center
  • Barb O’Neill, Consultant, Trainer, and Speaker, Transform Challenging Behavior
  • Linda Frazier-Stafford, Quality Improvement Coaching Specialist, First 5 Contra Costa County
  • Barbara Stroud, Licensed Psychologist and founding organizer of the California Association for Infant Mental Health
  • Valentina Torres, Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, Jewish Family & Community Services of the East Bay
  • Lawanda Wesley, Quality Improvement Program Manager and Planning Council Coordinator, Alameda County Early Care and Education Program


The cost of services is based on the number and length of modules selected by programs/agencies and will be included in a service proposal.

LEARN MORE > For more information, including pricing, contact Julie Kurtz at 925.413.1623 or

“Participants left the TIP-ECE training with a rich understanding of the various types and levels of trauma as well as the science behind the effects of trauma. This training exceeded our expectations and we look forward to bringing additional trainings to our community.”

– Tammy Burns, Manager, Early Childhood Council of Kern (California)