CTAC and ISAAC Partnering with Schools to Create a Trauma-Responsive Community

The Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center, in partnership with ISAAC's Early Education Task Force and the Raising Kalamazoo County collaborative has received commitment from eight of the 10 Kalamazoo county school districts to engage in an introductory session with CTAC to help make the school district more trauma-informed. 

This request was made with the understanding that some children's reactions to traumatic stress can interfere considerably with learning and/or behavior at school. Schools serve as a critical system of support for children who experience traumatic stress and provision of a wide range of inputs to build resilience and protective factors. Administrators, teachers, and staff can help reduce the impact of trauma on children by recognizing trauma responses, accommodating and responding to traumatized students effectively within the classroom setting, and using outside professionals when necessary (National Child Traumatic Stress Network).  

ISAAC’s Early Education Task Force spearheaded this movement to become a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive community after consideration of several issues impacting children and their families throughout Kalamazoo County.   

Raising Kalamazoo County (RKC) is a community collaboration focused on improving conditions to raise ALL children in healthy, safe, nurturing environments. The mission is to raise awareness about the critical years of early childhood and their impact on our collective future. The RKC initiative is being led by the United Way of Battle Creek & Kalamazoo Region, Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services, and ISAAC, with partners from Western Michigan University, Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center, KC Ready 4s, KRESA/GSC, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Kalamazoo Communities in Schools, Family & Children’s Services, Community Healing Center, Northside Ministerial Alliance, YWCA and others.