Over the past twenty years, breakthroughs in brain science, trauma-informed care practices, and social emotional learning in schools are dramatically reshaping the ways we’re addressing the causes, and repercussion, of childhood trauma. Thanks to bold thinkers and change-makers across the country, successful strategies are emerging across multiple disciplines.

Know of a program or individual doing innovative work to address children’s exposure to violence and trauma? We’d love to hear about it. 

Tell us about your work or suggest an innovator here!


Medical research and brain science are revolutionizing the way we understand the development of a child’s mental and physical health. Let’s work to reverse the adverse effects of bullying, violence, and trauma so that kids can overcome toxic stress and thrive.

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Let’s create significant incentives for school districts to create positive school climates, and to keep students in school and out of the juvenile justice system.

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The justice system and community organizations must develop an understanding of the lifelong consequences of childhood exposure to violence and must improve awareness of solutions that help kids thrive.

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Defending Childhood communities are collaborating in innovative ways to create programs that work toward a common goal of less trauma, bullying and violence for children and families. Read some of their highlights below.

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