ABSTRACT

The introduction opens by stating the urgent need to create programs, schools, organizations and systems in early childhood that are sensitive to trauma and actively work to reduce stress and prevent harm and re-traumatization. The authors describe the benefits of a trauma-informed organization, provide an overview of the research on trauma-informed practice (TIP) in education and explain why they choose to use the phrase “Trauma-Responsive” instead of Trauma-Informed throughout the book. The authors discuss why it is essential to balance any discussion of trauma and trauma-responsive practice with a focus on coping, resilience and healing. The introduction ends with a description of the intended audience and unique contributions of this book for early childhood professionals.