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Trauma-Informed Care for Early Educators
TODAY’S EARLY EDUCATORS NEED COLLEGE LEVEL COURSES IN TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE
In 2019, MASSCAP was awarded a synergy grant from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts (THFCM) for a new early education and care workforce development initiative called READYGO, Readying Educators And Developing Young Children for Great Outcomes. The first year of the project, 2020, was a planning year. Following the planning year, the project entered a pilot phase (2021), followed by implementation (2022 and beyond). In 2023, we received additional funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Livable Communities (EOHLC) to continue the work and expand implementation.
The goal of the READYGO project was to maximize the number and outcomes of children in Early Education and Care/Head Start programs by creating trauma-informed learning environments through new behavioral management skills to successfully impact children’s social and emotional health and academic achievement and by increasing educators’ capacity to deliver trauma-informed care and foster more equitable educational outcomes for children.
The project included:
Using a research-based approach to develop a scalable model for system-wide changes to provide early educators with the skills and credentials needed to optimize outcomes for children in their classrooms
Connecting with the other Massachusetts Community Colleges and the Urban College to work on integrating this approach into their programs