What We're Reading at REACH

March 20, 2014  |  Foundation News, What We're Reading

Feature:  What We’re Reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles that have caught our attention.

New York Times Column,”Teaching Children to Calm Themselves,” Highlights Early Childhood Trauma Reduction Program

David Bornstein, author and writer, highlights Head Start Trauma Smart, an early childhood trauma intervention program developed by Crittenton Children’s Center in 2008. Head Start Trauma Smart focuses on creating trauma-informed environments for children, working primarily in Head Start centers. The program provides training adapted specifically for early childhood providers and caregivers to help staff promote resilience. The framework, entitled Attachment, Self-Regulation, Competency (ARC), developed by Blaustein and Kinniburgh at The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, addresses areas that are most affected by trauma: ability to form secure attachments, ability to adjust and express emotion, and ability to meet age-appropriate developmental norms.

Crittenton’s program trains Head Start staff in the ARC framework, and includes site-based therapy for children and families at the centers. The services are provided by licensed master’s level therapists trained in trauma-informed treatment models, including ARC and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

The REACH Foundation was an early funder of the program, with grants totaling $365,104 since 2008, including a three-year, $250,000 matching grant to support a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnership Grant that allowed Crittenton to expand its efforts into Missouri. 

Read The New York Times column, “Teaching Children to Calm Themselves.”

“Push on in Kansas and Missouri for Final Days of Obamacare Enrollment,” KHI News, March 18, 2014

With the March 31 deadline for people to enroll for health coverage plans through health insurance marketplaces, the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved and other nonprofit organizations in Kansas and Missouri are increasing efforts to help people complete their enrollment. Read the KHI News article.

“Missouri Offers the Most Conservative Vision Yet for Medicaid Expansion,” Governing, March 13, 2014

Rep. Noel Torpey, R-Independence, is sponsor of House Bill 1901 calling for Medicaid expansion that includes work requirements of most patients and premiums from low-income recipients. Read “Missouri Offers the Most Conservative Vision Yet for Medicaid Expansion” and the Springfield New-Leader article, “Panel Takes Up GOP Bill to Expand Medicaid.”