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Reducing Children's Exposure to Violence Risk through Trauma-Informed Early Learning

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $249,783)

The Safe Start Promising Approaches Project will develop and support practice enhancements and innovations to prevent and reduce the impact of children's exposure to violence in their homes and communities. The project will help communities implement collaborative and evidence-based practices across the services continuum for children and their families. Exposure to violence includes being a victim of violence or a witness to violence, and encompasses abuse, neglect or child maltreatment, domestic violence, and community violence. This program is authorized by Sections 261 and 262 of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (42 USC 5665-5666).

This project will implement a universal response strategy for children exposed to violence by integrating social emotional learning and response to trauma as complementary service strategies in publicly funded early-learning programs. A principal goal of the program is to demonstrate professional development strategies that enhance early-learning system capacity to address the needs of trauma exposed children and their families in a sustainable and replicable model of development.


Date Created: September 12, 2010