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ICYMI: Letter to the editor - Head Start invaluable to traumatized children
Posted By:  Adam Marcum
Friday, September 6, 2019

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Letter: Head Start invaluable to traumatized children
The Columbus Dispatch
 | Elizabeth Wright of West Chester, OH | Sept. 5, 2019

A few years ago, trauma-informed care was nearly impossible to find in Ohio. Most early childhood centers were not well-equipped to provide the extra support for children like my grandson. Thankfully, we were able to enroll him in the Therapeutic Interagency Preschool Program at a local Head Start program. TIP has therapists and teachers on staff who are trained to care for children with developmental delays or adverse childhood experiences.

A staggering 15% of Ohio children have already had three or more ACEs. When my grandson was first enrolled, it took significant one-on-one coaching to make him comfortable with a classroom environment. Today, his cognitive abilities are advancing, and he has even taught us a thing or two about the importance of family meals. Head Start has started my grandchildren on a path to success.

For more than 40,000 kids in Ohio, Head Start provides families like mine opportunities that we would not have thought possible. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation dedicating new funding to Head Start, specifically to provide trauma-informed care.

Readers should join me in encouraging Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to ensure this new funding becomes a reality. Too many children are caught up in the tragedies of homelessness, parental incarceration, foster care and poverty. This investment would make sure these vulnerable children and their families have a chance at success.



 

 

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