Recognizing, Understanding and Responding to Trauma and Loss in Young Children and Parents

Join All Our Kin and our friends from Bank Street College of Education for a special three-part series. It’s a chance for us to come together and reflect on the profound role that child care educators play in the lives of children who have faced trauma.

Session 1 (10/23) : Looking at Loss Through the Lens of Child Development

This session will give participants a deep understanding of the ways that loss is experienced by children, from infants to preschoolers to young children aged 5-7. If children lose a primary adult during these ages and stages, what do they need in order for their development to be well supported as they grow?

Session 2 (11/2): Understanding and Working with the Very Young Child in Traumatic Times

Explore the ways that a traumatic context can impact a child’s development, and how, in this context, relationships with adults can help children thrive. We’ll also discuss how the integration of therapeutic approaches in everyday caregiving provide protective factors during traumatic times.

Session 3 (11/9): Providing Support for Children and Parents in Challenging Times

Join us for an engaging and interactive session where we’ll delve into the crucial role of educators in supporting children and their adult family members during challenging times. Educators will have the opportunity to connect with each other, sharing insights and strategies for offering support. Facilitators will offer additional strategies.

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Registration for this workshop series has ended.



Do you need help in supporting children who may be experiencing social and emotional challenges? Would you like to talk through strategies to improve communication with the parents in your program? Do you have concerns about a child's development?                                 

All Our Kin is now offering virtual office hours Monday through Thursday with Mental Health Consultants, Rebecca Lerer and Alicia Conte. These one-on-one sessions are here to provide you with strategies to support the children and families in your program and to help sustain your work as educators by providing space to discuss: 

  • Social-emotional challenges
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Self-care tips to manage work stress
  • Trauma/stressors children and families in your program may be experiencing
  • Communication with families

Please note: Office hours must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. We are not able to accommodate same-day appointments at this time. 

Office Hours for Educators:

We invite you to bring your questions or concerns about children and families in your child care program, and leave with strategies to support them.

Tuesday & Thursday appointments
are available from 6:45-7:30 p.m or 7:30-8:15 p.m. To reserve, email Rebecca at

Monday & Wednesday appointments are available from 6:00-6:45 p.m or 6:45-7:30 p.m. To reserve, email Alicia at