Building Resilient Children

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Audrey Smolkin, MPP
Commonwealth Medicine

A pilot project in Worcester focused on reducing racial inequities and better-supporting children in early education settings who have experienced trauma shows significant results, suggesting a new model that could be adopted in early education settings across the state and country.

The “Building Resilient Children” project emerged out of a partnership between Senator Harriette L. Chandler, the state Office of the Child Advocate, and Commonwealth Medicine/UMass Medical School. The project provided training for early childhood educators in Worcester on trauma and racial inequities as well as coaching on best practices for addressing challenging behaviors, establishing classroom structures that support children, and building childhood resilience.