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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 training module and a Certificate of Completion after completing the entire training series. Additionally, participants will also receive 2 – 3.5 hours of professional development credit per module in the California Early Care & Education Workforce Registry. Training hours will be added to participants’ existing CA Registry account within 30 days of training completion.

View the Historical Trauma training series flyer here.


Module 1: Understanding Historical Trauma
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Spanish – Coming Soon

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.
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Spanish – Coming Soon

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
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Spanish – Coming Soon

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 – Coming Soon
Spanish – Coming Soon

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.


This training series has a pre-requisite of completing the 8-part Trauma-Informed Care Core Series

Enrollment is managed through our online Learning Management System – BridgeBuilder. An existing and active Bridge Builder account is required to enroll in a training module and/or training series.

  • Create a BridgeBuilder account or sign-in with your email here.
  • Learn more about how to create a BridgeBuilder account and enroll in trainings here
  • Childcare Alliance of Los Angeles also has user guide here.

Participants can sign-in to BridgeBuilder to self-enroll and be placed on the waitlist, pending pre-requisite approval. Participants can use the enrollment links to enroll in the entire training series or individual modules.

  • Place in waitlist for the entire 4-part HT Training Series in English
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  • Place in waitlist for the entire 4-part HT Training Series in Spanish
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Participants also have the option to email to enroll in this training. Instructors will verify pre-requisites and send an enrollment link once verified.

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