Starr Commonwealth partners to bring Trauma training to early childhood providers in Calhoun Co.

Starr Commonwealth has been awarded a four-year grant from the United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo to support the training of professionals and community members serving young children with Trauma-Informed practices.

Starr’s National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) will deliver multiple levels of trauma training and certification to professionals and community members working with young children ages 0-5. Training opportunities will be hosted throughout the Battle Creek region in an effort to ensure young children in our community are on track developmentally and prepared for kindergarten. Through collaboration with Calhoun County ISD Early Childhood Services and the Social Emotional Support Action Team with BC Pulse, TLC will identify area agencies, service providers and members of the community that would benefit from specialized professional training related to childhood trauma. Recruitment efforts will ensure a diverse population of child professionals, with the intent of training over 200 providers per year, ultimately helping to increase the number of children impacted by trauma who are treated and ensuring they are on course for learning and development.

This effort builds on Starr’s TLC training of teachers in the Battle Creek area public schools and is a cornerstone of Starr’s mission and vision. Starr’s President and CEO Elizabeth Carey said, “Our vision is to Actively Engage with Communities Worldwide to Develop the Greatness in Every Child, and providing professionals and community members, right here in Calhoun County, with knowledge, tools and expertise to help children who are impacted by Trauma is what we are called to do. We are pleased to join our community leaders through the CISD and the Social Emotional Support Action Team with funding from the United Way to share what we know works with those who can use it to make a lasting difference for young children.”

Starr Commonwealth, an organization serving children and families across Michigan and training professionals across the country, is serving the most vulnerable among us due to the support of donors and grant funders such as the United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. If you would like to reach out to Starr and help us with our mission through a donation or have questions about this program, you can reach a member of the Starr team at (517)-629-5591.

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