Created by the Crittenton Children’s Center, Trauma Smart is an innovative practice model designed to address the high incidence of complex trauma that negatively impacts children’s lives. The model is currently provided in Head Start preschool programs in 26 counties in the Kansas City metro area and across Missouri, and includes around 3, 200 children annually. Crittenton has been providing mental health services for individual children in Head Start programs for over 20 years. Trauma Smart was developed out of this long history of work, after recognizing the need for a more comprehensive response to the wide range of traumatic experiences impacting children and the adults in their lives. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment. Trauma Smart helps preschool children, and the adults who care for them, calmly navigate difficult life challenges. We pair practical, hands-on tools with effective coping strategies and bring them into the places where kids learn and play every day.

Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition is a educational social organization located in Walla Walla, WA.