Crittenton Children's Center

Building Resilience — A Community Response to Trauma

An estimated 26 percent of children in the United states will experience a traumatic event before the age of 4. While our understanding about the effects of trauma are continuously evolving, Crittenton Children's Center is committed to providing the most effective care possible for these children, their families, and the communities in which they live. We continually strive to stay up to date on research, science, and treatment approaches to trauma. 

Exposure to traumatic or violent experiences negatively affects the health, education, and development of preschool-aged children in Kansas City's urban communities. Without intervention, these children often experience lifelong emotional disturbance, social developmental delays, and learning problems.

With the help of families, friends, providers, and the community, children and youth can demonstrate resilience when dealing with trauma.

One way we are changing the way adolescents respond to trauma in early childhood is through our Head Start-Trauma Smart program. This innovative program created by Crittenton Children's Center therapists addresses the high incidence of complex trauma that negatively impacts the lives of 3- to 5-year-old children. This trauma includes:

  • Community violence
  • Family members’ arrest
  • Homelessness
  • Separation from their parents

Learn more about our Trauma Smart program. 

"At the heart of healing is integration that enables differentiated regions [of the brain] to be linked to one another. Integration promotes harmony and brings the individual from the chaos and rigidity of post-traumatic states into resolution, growth, resilience, and healing."

- Daniel Siegel, M.D., co-director of the
Mindful Awareness Research Center