Compassionate Schools
A trauma-informed initiative

by John McMahon • Trauma is a common experience for American children. According to one study, by age 16, two-thirds of children in the U.S. have experienced a traumatic event (Copeland, et al., 2007). This is a challenge for schools, because trauma and traumatic stress reactions can disrupt learning not only for the child who experiences the event, but also

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NC REACH and ETV
Resources for Postsecondary Education

NC Reach NC Reach is a state-funded scholarship offered to qualified applicants for up to 4 years of undergraduate study at NC public colleges and universities. Funding is awarded after other public funds and scholarships have been applied. NC Reach provides comprehensive student support, including mentors, care packages, and internships. For eligibility and other information about NC Reach, visit https://www.ncreach.org

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Family First Prevention Services Act

United States Capitol Building in Washington DC USA

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) is the most sweeping federal legislation to impact child welfare funding in over 30 years. The Act, which passed in February 2018, allows states to use existing child welfare federal funds in new ways. It also contains several provisions aimed at improving outcomes for children and families receiving child welfare services. This article

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Free Online Courses for Resource Parents
On Child Development and the Effects of Trauma

North Carolina’s learning site for foster and adoptive parents and kin caregivers, fosteringNC.org, offers a series of free courses about supporting healthy development from infancy through adolescence. This series also explores ways caregivers can support children and youth whose development has been disrupted by trauma. Courses available include: Foundations of Development (1 hr.) Normal Development in Infancy and Early Childhood:

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Are there resources to help me promote learning for the preschoolers in my care?

What a great question—the early years are critical! Experiences during early childhood shape the structure of the brain in important ways. This means that while children are in your care, you have many golden opportunities to maximize their learning and development. Resources But your success will depend at least in part on how well you make use of the outside

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Educational Advocacy Resources

by Bob DeMarco • There are several organizations out there that have published materials my family have found useful in working with schools. I’d like to share some of them with you. If you need assistance navigating the waters of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) is an excellent resource. They offer many training oppportunities,

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