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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper



Degree Name

Early Childhood Special Education Studies: M.S.


Child and Family Studies


School of Education

First Advisor

Dr. Frances Kayona

Second Advisor

Dr. Ana Welu

Third Advisor

Dr. Ahmet Simsar

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

trauma-informed care, early childhood, early intervention, trauma-informed practices


This study is vital due to the need for trauma-informed practices to be incorporated holistically into early childhood education settings. Children who have experienced trauma frequently have behavioral, social emotional, and academic challenges. Providing trauma-informed practices within early childhood education would allow students who have experienced trauma to receive the support they need to benefit from the education system. This study examines the impact of childhood trauma on social emotional learning experiences and academic outcomes. This study further examines those trauma-informed practices being used in early childhood settings as well as their impact in mitigating retraumatization of young children. The results of this study will help early childhood educators create and apply appropriate learning environments designed to resist retraumatization for children who have experienced trauma so they can make academic and social emotional gains.


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