A Note of Thanks
Many thanks to all who responded to our end of the year appeal. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to replenish our scholarship and family emergency funds.
We received the following message from a family who received emergency help over the holidays:
“I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much it meant that the school helped us at Christmas. I seriously don’t know what we would have done without that help…. You just couldn’t possibly know how much it meant to me because, not only did we need diapers and presents…, I didn’t feel so alone in the world which I normally do. I started crying thinking we had no support and realized we did… and it helped me through.”
We also received many lovely items from our Amazon Wish List. The classroom teachers and children were delighted with the new items! We don’t always get the name of the giver so, it is difficult to send a personal thank you. Please know that if you contributed in this way, your gift was very much appreciated!
Trauma Informed Care
A highlight of 2018 was being selected by Wisconsin’s First Lady, Tonette Walker, to host a delegation from Norway in their efforts to learn more about Trauma Informed Care. The delegation visited programs throughout Wisconsin and The Playing Field was the featured early childhood program.
Trauma informed means that staff understand the impacts of trauma on the brain, body, and behavior of a child. Our staff are extensively trained on how to respond to children impacted by trauma. Our model is built on the understanding that secure, supportive relationships bring healing and serve as a buffer against Adverse Childhood Experiences.
You can view a feature from Wisconsin Public Television below at this link: https://wpt4.org/wpt-video/here-and-now/norway-turns-wisconsin-trauma-informed-schooling/
Of course, our first priority is always providing the highest level of care and education to the children entrusted to us.
As we look toward 2019, we have many more things we hope to accomplish:
We plan to make significant improvements to our playgrounds. We will be addressing a drainage issue on our infant-toddler playground and adding equipment to meet the sensory needs of children impacted by trauma. Watch for more details on these projects. Feel free to contact us if you would like to get involved.
We are continuing to evaluate our program and research options for expanding services. We know that more children are in need of the high-quality care we offer. Our model intentionally addresses the barriers that frequently deny children access to early education programs.
We will continue to invest in the professional development and growth of our teachers. We know that to serve children who have been impacted by trauma, our staff need a very high level of skill and training. In March, three of our staff will participate in a two day training on building trauma-sensitive classrooms hosted by Conscious Discipline. In the summer, four of our staff will be attending a week-long Conscious Discipline training. A generous, anonymous grant will fund these opportunities for our teachers.
Please accept our thanks for your interest and support of our mission! You can help share our unique model with others by sharing this link to a video produced by TruScribe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFMoAr0tEpQ