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Early childhood

Trauma informed learning environments

Five Tips for Creating Trauma-Informed Learning Environments

Trauma can decrease students’ ability to pay attention, regulate emotion and behavior, or develop positive relationships with adults and peers. Learn five important steps to making schools supportive and safe zones for learning.

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For Many Struggling in the Opioid Crisis, School & Early Childcare Programs Provide Safe Spaces: Q&A with WestEd’s Sarah Nadiv

Support for childcare providers and educators ensures that they, in turn, are able to help children who exhibit the effects of trauma.

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Reconsidering the role of play in early childhood

The Role of Play in Early Childhood: Towards Social Justice and Equity

Highlighting powerful and provocative studies from around the world, a new book, co-edited by WestEd’s Julie Nicholson, illuminates social justice and equity issues related to play.

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BABES

Behavioral Assessment of Baby’s Emotional & Social Style Toolkit

This new resource assists early childhood professionals to identify and to help families address areas in which their infants and toddlers may be exhibiting challenging behavior. Learn more and purchase your copy.

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Navajo Radio

How Navajo Families Are Developing Children's Math Skills at Home

Learn about the Early Mathematics Training Network's hands-on workshop with the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona.

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Toddler

Learning from the Field: Trauma-Informed Practices Q&A (Part Two)

How can educators and early care providers best attend to children affected by trauma? In part two of our Q&A, WestEd’s Natalie Walrond shares more key takeaways from experts.

Early childhoodFamily engagementHealth & safetyTrauma-Informed Practice (TIP)

NAEYC Conference

Join WestEd at the 2018 NAEYC Annual Conference, November 14–17, in Washington, DC

Add WestEd sessions to your calendar, visit us at booth #1331 to meet our expert staff, and come to the PITC reception for food, drinks, and conversation.

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Learning From the Field: Trauma-Informed Practices

How can educators and early care providers best attend to children affected by trauma? In this Q&A, WestEd’s Natalie Walrond shares key takeaways from interviews with experts.

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Top 10 Downloads

Continuous Improvement Ranks High in WestEd's Top 10 Downloads

Visit our top downloads page for free resources designed to help all learners succeed.

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Trauma-Informed Practices in Early Childhood Education: A New WestEd Service

Promote trauma-sensitive programs and services for young children impacted by trauma and toxic stress.

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