PREPARE for Care

“Promoting Resilience, Enriching Practices in Anti-Racist Education”

What is the PREPARE for Care Program?

The PREPARE for Care program is an anti-racist and trauma-informed curriculum designed for early child care providers. The curriculum specifically provides an anti-racist approach to early childhood education and encourages providers to implement trauma-informed practices in their care environment.

Earn FREE STARS hours and up to $1,500 for successfully completing the program!

The Imagine Institute has partnered with experts in child development, infant/child mental health and trauma-informed care to build a program that helps early childhood educators create supportive and welcoming environments for all children, in order to reduce trauma and buffer against its impacts on the developing child. Educators will partner with families to create networks of support, providing protection against trauma for both the individual child as well as the larger community.

Children learn best in the context of relationships, engaging with the important adults in their life, leading their own learning through hands-on activities inspired by their daily routines and environment. Research shows that teaching very young children requires just as much skill and complexity as teaching older students. Early childhood educators will learn how to engage children to become curious and enthusiastic learners prepared for kindergarten.

PREPARE for Care is designed with the understanding that racism, systemic oppression and historical trauma result in trauma for the developing child. Racial and cultural trauma is unlike many other forms of trauma in that its root cause permeates the entire world around us, including, of course, the classroom or early learning environment. This trauma, whether perpetuated in the learning environment or not, is intrusive and recurrent and will negatively impact a child’s development.

During the first five years of life, a child’s brain undergoes tremendous growth and development. Simultaneously, children’s understanding of their racial and ethnic identities begins to emerge. Attitudes about their own identities and outside perceptions of their identity have an impact on a child’s self-esteem, social interaction skills, and ability to navigate the world. Children from underserved populations, children of color, and English language learners (ELL) begin to understand themselves in relation to the dominant culture’s perception of their communities. Therefore, just as the architecture of a child’s brain rapidly develops, the child also begins to absorb and assimilate negative and racist attitudes and assumptions about themselves which can lead to cumulative, long-term negative impacts that can hinder future language, cognitive, social, and emotional capacity and well-being.

This training series is a sample of our innovative PREPARE for Care program, which provides an anti-racist and trauma-informed framework for early childhood educators aimed at mitigating the impacts of racism on children and to increase kindergarten readiness. This series is three of PREPARE’s 10 modules of anti-racist and trauma informed content designed specifically for an ECE audience.

Western Washington
The Imagine Institute will host a 3-day PREPARE for Care Spanish language course in 2020 for licensed family child care providers in February 2020!

Eastern Washington
The Imagine Institute will host a 3-day PREPARE for Care Spanish language course in 2020 for licensed family child care providers in late April and May of 2020!

Classes are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Attend all three days and receive a $575 bonus. You may choose to attend multiple trainings but will receive one bonus per license, per fiscal year.

Training topics include (but are subject to change):

Trauma and Vicarious

  • Trauma
  • Racism and Development
  • Promoting Resilience

Don’t live in King County? Register for a sample of our innovative PREPARE for Care program in your area.


The Imagine Institute and its partners envision a vibrant system designed to counter the effects of systematic racist and colonial practices and systems that have detrimental effects on the development of underserved and economically disadvantaged children. Through implementing anti-racist and trauma-informed practices in early learning environments, child care providers will provide an opportunity for children to develop into resilient learners by educating providers on both unconscious and conscious biases that affect children in their care, as well providing the historical contexts that influence these beliefs and practices. Cohorts of licensed family child care providers and center staff throughout King County will learn about trauma and anti-racist pedagogy over the course of ten months, implement practices to buffer children from trauma resulting from racism and build relationships to transmit knowledge to the families of the children in their care.


Participants will complete a total of 10 modules over the course of 10 months. Each module is comprised of one six-hour training and one assignment aimed at assessing participants’ learning and ability to implement theory and practices in their child care environments.

For each completed module, participants will receive a $100 stipend. If a participant successfully completes the program, they will receive a completion award of $500. The total amount a participant can earn is $1500. Depending on program interest, classes may be conducted in three languages, English, Somali and Spanish.


  • Attend all 10 monthly trainings
  • Complete all monthly assignments designed to implement anti-racist, trauma-informed practices in your child care environment
  • Complete program surveys
  • Attend a program orientation


2020 Jan 2020 How Relationships Heal
2020 Feb 2020 Trauma and Vicarious Trauma
2020 Mar 2020 The Invention of Whiteness
2020 April 2020 Inclusion and Decolonization
2020 May 2020 Racism and Development
2020 June 2020 Understanding the Psychological Effects of Racism on Children of Color
2020 July 2020 Family Dynamics
2020 Aug 2020 Promoting Resilience
2020 Sep 2020 Collaborative Approaches
2020 Oct 2020 Anti-Racism in Practice


Participants must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible to participate:

  • Be a Licensed Family Child Care provider or work at a licensed child care facility in the King County Area
  • Provide care for a least one child receiving a child care subsidy
  • Have the ability to implement new trauma-informed and anti-racist practices into their learning environments
    (Center staff must receive authorization from supervisory staff to introduce new practices into environments.)