Trusted Advisor Initiative
Trusted Parent Advisors are community change champions, working to empower families so their young children and school aged children are successful in school and life. Trusted Parents reduce barriers for families by supporting their involvement in education and/or basic need programs. In addition, Trusted Parents advocate directly with programs and systems to improve services for families.
Trusted Parents host parent cafes to create safe spaces to talk about the joys and challenges of parenting. For information about how to connect with Trusted Parents for parent cafes, parent engagement or information about resources, please fill out this form.
Every adult, at some point, is going to get upset with a child. At times, we can handle it. Other times, we may feel like we will lose control. The next time you are feeling overwhelmed and about to flip your lid with a kid, remember to PAUSE. Here are 5 easy steps for regaining balance and control. The PAUSE tool will help you approach a situation and help your child in a calm, productive way. You’ve got this! Video and PAUSE tool created by our Early Childhood Trauma-Informed Collaborative.
Everyday Gestures Help a Child Heal
Stress and challenging experiences are a normal part of life for all families. Sometimes these experiences can feel overwhelming or challenge the child's ability to see the world as a safe and predictable place.
Research shows that witnessing or experiencing traumatic events in childhood can impact the physical development of a child’s brain. You can help reverse the effects. In fact, as a caring adult, you could be the most important factor in helping children heal. Click here for information and resources regarding trauma and toxic stress in young children.
Follow our Facebook and Twitter as we share Your Everyday Gestures Can Help Children Heal materials, created in partnership of the Defending Childhood Initiative, the Ad Council, and Futures without Violence. Through social media, we'll be sharing examples of how all caring adults can practice these gestures with children: Celebrate, Comfort, Listen, Collaborate, and Inspire.
Study Counters Pre-K Fadeout
"Duke University released research showing that North Carolina's investment in public pre-K programs led to better outcomes for its students. Its researchers found that the positive effects -- including higher test scores, less grade retention, and fewer special education placements -- grew or heald steady over the years." Read the report here.