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UW ECHO in Early Childhood increases the capacity of early childhood professionals to identify and implement best practices in areas that include early literacy, transitions, behavior support and identification, and referral detection.

Network participants include case managers/family service coordinators, general educators, home daycare providers, paraeducators, related service providers (OTs, PT, SLPs, etc.), school administrators, school directors, school counselors, school psychologists, social workers, special educators, state agency staff and all others interested in improving outcomes for students in the early childhood setting.

UW ECHO in Early Childhood is a collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Health and the Wyoming Early Childhood Outreach Network.


Sessions are on Fridays, bi-weekly,
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. MT
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

Instructions for joining Zoom are available. Zoom also provides access for users with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of keyboard shortcuts.

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Learning Topics - Fall 2021

Trauma-Responsive and Resilience Building Practices for Early Learning Programs and Environments

Description: This 4-Part Training Series provides an overview on the neurobiology of trauma, the impact of toxic stress on a child and adult and introduces the science of resilience and neuroplasticity. Participants will walk away understanding the difference between a challenging behavior and trauma trigger. The training will guide early childhood providers working with children ages Birth-8 to understand trauma as well as its impact on young children’s brains, behavior, learning, and development. The training introduces a range of trauma-responsive and resilience building practices they can use in their education programs to create strength-based environments that support children’s health, healing, and resiliency.

Presenters: Julie Kurtz, LMFT and Julie Nicholson, PhD

October 8: Part 1 - The Foundation: Learning the Neurobiology of Trauma and the Science of Hope, Healing, and Resilience

Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the impact of trauma and toxic stress on the brain and behavior of a child; 2) Understand the difference between a challenging behavior and trauma trigger; 3) Implement 1-2 key strategies that are trauma informed and resilience building

Presenters: Julie Kurtz, LMFT and Julie Nicholson, PhD

October 22: Part 2 - Trauma-Responsive Practice #1: Attuned and Responsive Relationships

Learning Objectives: 1) Identify strategies to support early learners back to regulation/safety; 2) Identify strategies to use in the moment that can help you pause to respond, not react (i.e. calming or grounding strategies); 3) Identify strategies to use outside of work to fill up your emotional bucket (self-care strategies).

Presenters: Julie Kurtz, LMFT and Julie Nicholson, PhD

November 5: Part 3 - Trauma-Responsive Practice #2: Safe and Predictable Environments

Presenters: Julie Kurtz, LMFT and Julie Nicholson, PhD

*Nov 5 Session Registration*

November 19: Part 4 - Trauma-Responsive Practice #3: Promoting Sensory and Emotional Literacy and Body Awareness to Feel Safe and Manage Big Emotions

Presenters: Julie Kurtz, LMFT and Julie Nicholson, PhD

*Nov 19 Session Registration*

December 3: Advocacy in Early Childhood

In this session, leaders will come to understand the importance of their voice in advocacy for their programs, children, families, and field of early childhood. Together, we will explore how storytelling can impact their work. Educators will understand the importance of their voice and telling their story to advocate for their program, at a local, state, and national level. We will hear from Wyoming educators who have started this work in cultivating their story for the purpose of advocacy.

Presenters: Stephanie Rino, Associate Director, Wyoming Kids First and Liz Goddard, Professional Learning Facilitator, Wyoming Early Childhood Professional Learning Collaborative (WYECPLC)

*Dec 3 Session Registration*

Upcoming Fall 2021 Sessions

December 3, December 17

More information and session registrations coming soon!


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Phone: (307) 766-2977


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