Helen Ross McNabb Center: Therapeutic Preschool

Grants for Good

According to the latest KIDS COUNT data, approximately 4.3% of children in Hamilton County suffer from some sort of trauma, abuse or neglect annually.

Research has shown that children experiencing chronic childhood trauma, or adverse childhood experiences (ACES) can struggle to succeed in school and lead healthy, productive lives. Eventual outcomes for children who are not appropriately identified as suffering from trauma include: chronic emotional turmoil, behavioral problems at home, academic underachievement and potential criminal behavior.

Most childcare and preschool facilities are not equipped to care for the special emotional needs that children who suffer from trauma often have. The Helen Ross McNabb Center (HRMC) is one of the few intensive early intervention service providers for young children in our community. The Center’s Therapeutic Preschool program provides intensive services to children who have been abused, neglected or who have experienced trauma of any kind. The 10-week program operates 3 hours a day, 3 days a week.

The Therapeutic Preschool curriculum is derived from the research-based Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model. This model focuses on helping traumatized children effectively identify their emotions, develop appropriate coping skills, build trust-based relationship and learn basic social skills. Children also learn how to identify and reach out to safe adults in times of crisis and, when appropriate, are given the opportunity to engage their family members in the healing process.

Request Amount: $20,000
Community Foundation Grant: $10,000
Funding Gap: $10,000