The Early Childhood Committee of the Scott County Community Foundation and United Way of Scott County invites all early childhood providers and educators to attend a roundtable session on “Building Trauma-Sensitive Early Childhood Programs”. The event will feature guest speaker Tiffany Copple, an educator for Scott County School District 2.

This session will be held Thursday, May 2 from 4-5 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center. Refreshments will be served, and the session is free.

More than two-thirds of children have experienced at least one traumatic event by the age of 16. Unfortunately, many children experience trauma during the most sensitive years of social, emotional, and academic brain development. Even more unfortunate, is that often we are ill-equipped to recognize the symptoms of this trauma and to utilize strategies that build resilience for our smallest learners.

In this session attendees will discover the impact of traumatic experiences on students and their social, emotional, and academic behaviors; explore strategies and approaches that can be used to decrease this impact and improve educational and behavioral outcomes; and understand the importance of incorporating self-care techniques for students, educators, and caregivers.

Copple is a lifelong resident of Scottsburg and is a 14-year educator in the Scott County School District 2 corporation. Her educational background includes students in the primary, intermediate, and secondary levels, which has provided a wealth of knowledge in the continuum of child growth and development. In addition, Copple is an Innovation Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education and works to further the educational opportunities for students Pk-12 in Indiana. She has a passion for developing Social Emotional Learning opportunities with an emphasis on trauma informed care through the Trust Based Relational Intervention method. Tiffany and her husband Eric raise four young children ages 4-12 and are extremely active in their community and First Christian Church of Scottsburg.

The early childhood provider roundtables give educators the opportunity to learn and network with others. Registration for this event can be made by calling 812-752-2057 or emailing info@scottcountyfoundation.org.