Early Learnings From Trauma-Informed And Restorative Practices Investments

As part of the first phase of our investments in Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices (TIRP) in the school environment, Best Starts awarded nearly 100 organizations in 14 school districts up to $10,000 for the 2017-2018 school year. In the two years since we made those awards, the TIRP village evolved to now include 30 partners doing more intensive work to confront systemic and racial trauma in our schools. As we expand our partnership, it’s important to also look back to our roots to reflect and learn, so we took the time to analyze the final reports submitted by our initial awardees who received up to $10k.

We know the impacts of trauma. Now what can schools and communities do about it?

Over the past two decades, a growing body of epidemiological research has shown us just how common experiences of trauma and adversity in childhood are, as well as the staggering impact they can have on lifelong health and well-being. With evidence of these impacts now well-established, we often ask, “But what can we do about it?” Best Starts for Kids hopes to be part of the answer to that question.