How to help young kids cope with the trauma of the last year

Parents and educators are struggling to assess and alleviate the pandemic’s toll on young children. And the evidence is already piling up to suggest that pandemic stress and trauma has undermined children’s emotional well-being. Experts encourage early childhood educators to embrace a trauma-informed approach to help kids process painful experiences and develop coping skills. In large part, such an approach is about training the adults in children’s lives – and while trauma-informed care may seem time-consuming at a moment when many providers are stretched, it can reap long-term benefits for children and adults alike!