Trauma-Informed EC 

Supporting Trauma-Informed Care & Polices for
EC Organizations & Providers

Current Training Offerings


Trauma-Informed EC Advisory Coalition 

The lifelong impacts of trauma on children and adults is widely known. People-serving organizations across Montana have had access to education about these impacts, and are largely aware that many individuals have experienced adverse or traumatic experiences.


However, Montana organizations have not had access to affordable and comprehensive education on creating a trauma-informed programs and policies. This need was recognized by the Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth in Montana project (LSOC), a six-year demonstration project funded by the federal Office for Victims of Crime. To help Montana become increasingly trauma-informed, LSOC worked with a team of curriculum writers and national experts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Chadwick Center, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges created an eight-module training with an accompanying workbook.


A committee of early childhood professionals modified training language and case study examples to better serve early childhood organizations (child care, home visiting programs, etc). Raise Montana is coordinating the statewide Montana Trauma-Informed Early Childhood  (MTTIEC) Advisory Council to expand training access to early childhood organizations and support trainers and training attendees.

The Linking Systems of Care (LSOC) Montana Trauma-Informed Approaches Curriculum provides in-depth training on policies and practices that programs, agencies, and organizations may employ to be trauma informed.  A group of Montana ECE champions adapted the original LSOC curriculum to fit the needs and experiences of ECE programs and organizations.

After attending eight curriculum modules, individuals will be able to:

  • Define effective, trauma-informed policy and practice that program, agency, and organization leaders and staff can implement to shift culture, policy, and practice to become increasingly trauma-informed and responsive

  •  Assess current policy and practice to better identify gaps in service delivery and approaches that may not be trauma-informed, and

  •  Implement recommended practices, using tools and resources from the training, which lead to the institutionalization of trauma- informed/responsive policy and practice.

Current Training Offering

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Who Should attend trainings?

​Administrators, directors and staff of:

  • Child care program (family, group or center)

    • ECP credit available​

  • Early Head Start or Head Start

  • Non-profit serving children  0-5

  • ECE advocacy organizations

Please click to fill out a short form to be connected to a local LSOC facilitator to attend a public training or host a training at your organization or program.​

HOw are Trainings Scheduled?

More Trainings coming soon!

MTTIEC is currently working to offer additional EC trauma-informed trainings and services.  If you are interested in participating in these efforts, please contact us!

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Why is Being
Trauma-informed important In EC?

For those who work with kids, families and staff who have experienced trauma, understanding and employing practices that resist re-traumatization constitutes an essential step toward helping to facilitate growth.