April, 2015 


You Asked - We Listened. Training@First5 Trauma Informed Care

Trauma Informed Care has been in the spotlight recently, with news coverage, national conferences, learning communities, documentary films and more.  Here at First 5, the results of our Training Needs Assessment showed that trauma is a topic of interest for Alameda County's 0-5 provider community. To respond to the need, we're scheduling several Early Childhood Trauma Informed Care trainings in 2015 and 2016. These will focus on the widespread impact of trauma, potential paths for recovery, signs and symptoms of trauma, and strategies for implementing knowledge about trauma into practices.

Over the past ten years, studies have shown that traumatic experiences, particularly those in early childhood, have devastating effects which manifest in symptoms similar to PTSD.  While treatable, without access to Trauma Informed Care, young people are at risk for violence, poor educational attainment and mental health problems.

Alameda County’s public health programs have connected the dots between early childhood trauma and the social, emotional and health ramifications of trauma left untreated. To respond, Alameda County has joined seven other counties to form the Bay Area Trauma Informed System of Care (BATISC) collaborative, which is creating a shared regional infrastructure to implement, sustain and improve services for children and youth affected by trauma.  

 If you are interested in learning more or implementing Trauma Informed Care, be sure to subscribe to our Training Announcements E-Newsletter, view our calendar of upcoming trainings, download SAMHSA’s free manual Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services and visit Alameda County’s Trauma Informed Care Website.  




wounded places trailer picDon't miss the documentary premier at Grand Lake Theater!

 Tickets are finally available for the world premier of Wounded Places and they are going fast. Why are so many children showing symptoms similar to PTSD resulting from trauma? How do we change the question from "What's wrong with this child?" to "What happened to this child?" 

Local community organizers, service providers, elected officials, and leaders in health, early childhood and youth empowerment  will be coming together for the premiere of Wounded Places, part of the PBS series The Raising of America produced by California Newsreel.  First 5 Alameda County and the other co-sponsors for the event serve children most at-risk for abuse, neglect and violence.  We know first hand how trauma manifests in our communities.  The event  will highlight some of the ways that organizations in the Bay Area  address and prevent the issue of childhood trauma and we’ll focus on what Alameda County is doing to support the strength and resiliency of children and their families.

The screening will immediately be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Wilma Chan and featuring two locals featured in the documentary and leaders in trauma-informed care.  Mayor Libby Schaaf and other prominent Alameda and Contra Costa County leaders will attend the screening. Come and join the discussion and reception to find out how you fit into the system of trauma informed care.

About The Raising of America:

The Raising of America grew directly out of California Newsreel's award-winning four-hour PBS series, UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick. The series explores why child well-being in the U.S. is so much worse than other wealthy countries and how we might provide opportunities for our children to have healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous and equitable futures.

Contact Barrie McClune if you have any questions.





Our role in National Network of Early Childhood Leaders 

F5AC is one of nine communities participating in the Early Childhood - Learning and Innovation Network for Communities (EC-LINC), a national network geared at accelerating the impact of community-based integrated early childhood systems. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, the network works to create a “community of communities” that fuels learning and innovation to define and tackle the toughest shared challenges and lift up best practices.  We were chosen to be a member community because of our proven track record of supporting a comprehensive, coordinated early childhood system in Alameda County. 

F5AC CEO, Janis Burger, attended the latest convening in Washington D.C. and participated in some fascinating conversations that grappled with tough and complex issues. Two of the topics that have emerged as common challenges across the country are the impact of toxic stress on children as well as the ever-prevalent conundrum of how to measure the impact of early childhood systems. Sharing expertise and experience, the EC-LINC members intentionally explore approaches outside of the clinical/programmatic settings and focus on community and systems level approaches. In addition, member communities share strategies to assess the impact of systems work on children and families as well as “tell the story” of why investing in systems matters. If you want to learn more about the other member communities and the work of EC LINC visit: http://www.cssp.org/reform/early-childhood/early-childhood-linc