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Head Start-Trauma Smart


Head Start-Trauma Smart combines the strengths of the Head Start program with Trauma-Informed Therapy to combat the immediate and lifelong negative effects of repeated exposure to violence on children ages three to five. Local psychiatric professionals modified the therapy for use with preschool children and created effective education tools for non-clinical workers with minimal formal education and ethnically different backgrounds. The project's comprehensive approach includes training custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and parents about the stress of chronic trauma and practical activities they can use to help the children and their own families.

Project Director/Key Contact:

Janine Hron
Chief Executive Officer
10918 Elm Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64134
Phone: (816) 767-4363 Fax: (816) 767-4159

Local Funder(s):
  • Hall Family Foundation
  • REACH Healthcare Foundation
  • Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • Bank of America
  • Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • The REACH Healthcare Foundation

Grant Recipient: Crittenton Center (dba Crittenton Children's Center)

Grant Amount: $500,000

Grant Period: 7/1/2010 - 6/30/2013

Grant Status: Closed