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Childhood Stress and Trauma

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This resource list contains sources that can help early childhood professionals and parents understand and support young children who have experienced extreme stress and trauma.

Table of Contents


  • Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools by Jen Alexander
  • Reaching and Teaching Children who Hurt by Susan E. Craig
  • Trauma Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators by Julie Nicholson, Julie Kurtz, and Linda Perez
  • What Happened to You?  Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey

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About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Home
  • Family Child Care
  • Child Care Center
  • Preschool Program
  • Kindergarten

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family
  • Teachers / Service providers
  • Faculty / Trainer

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
Reviewed: 2022