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Historical Trauma Training Series

This 4-part training series explores historical trauma from a racial equity lens. We will learn how these experiences affect children and families today and what you can do as an early childhood educator to help. ECE competencies covered in this training series include: Culture, Diversity, and Equity; Professionalism; and Leadership.

This is a live virtual training conducted through Zoom. The training series will be offered in both English and Spanish. The 4-part Historical Trauma training series is designed and recommended to be completed as a cohort.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance after each module and a Certificate of Completion after completing all 4 modules. Additionally, training participants who provide their California Early Care and Education Workforce Registry ID number will receive 2.5 hours of professional development credit for each training module. *Please allow 30 days for your credit to post.

View the Historical Trauma training series flyer here.


Our 2023 Historical Trauma training series has concluded. Please stay tuned for future dates!

Module 1: Understanding Historical Trauma
English – TBD
Spanish – TBD

This training introduces the topic of historical trauma from a racial equity lens and provides a foundational set of key terms that are utilized throughout the entire training series. Key topics include: race, ethnicity, culture, racism, systemic racism, and privilege.

Module 2: Resurfacing the Past – Historical Trauma in the U.S.
English – TBD
Spanish – TBD

This training dives deeper into understanding historical trauma by reviewing relevant U.S. history, such as slavery, Native American genocide, and immigrant experiences. The resilience of these local communities is also highlighted.

Module 3: Historical Trauma – From Past to Present
English – TBD
Spanish – TBD
This training explores the impact of historical trauma on children and families today by discussing topics such as racial disparities in ECE settings, the school-to-prison pipeline and poverty in communities of color.

Module 4: Historical Trauma – Supporting Children and Families Today
English – TBD
Spanish – TBD
This training shares strategies ECE providers can use to support children and families that have been impacted by historical trauma. Addressing implicit biases and creating culturally inclusive child care settings are also discussed.



Enrollment is managed through our online Learning Management System – BridgeBuilder. In order to enroll in an individual module or the entire training series, participants will need to first create a BridgeBuilder account.

  • Create a BridgeBuilder account here.

This training has a pre-requisite of the entire 8-part Trauma-Informed Care CoreTraining Series. Send an email to to enroll in this training. The instructors will verify your pre-requisites, and upon verification, will send you an enrollment link to enroll in the training through BridgeBuilder. Participants may also use Bridge Builder to search for and place themselves in the waitlist of any of the individual training modules.

Access more information about how to create a BridgeBuilder account and enroll in trainings. User Guide for BridgeBuilder here and here.

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