Positive early life experiences are key for optimal development and lay the foundation for lifelong health, learning and success. The Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation and Every Child Thrives partners work together to promote the importance of building positive relationships with children, from the moment they are born.
Negative early experiences of trauma and environments of toxic stress can physically and negatively alter brain development. In the absence of positive relationships, childhood adversity increases the likelihood of long-term learning and health challenges.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back - to adapt or recover - from adversity. Resilience is a skill that is learned, allowing us to positively adapt to changing situations in order to move forward to be productive, healthy citizens.
Our goal of having a “trauma informed” community is to build awareness of trauma, its impact, and how we can work together to help children, as well as the adults who care for them, to build resilience.
Learn more about what trauma-informed care “looks like” in the Wisconsin Office for Children’s Mental Health Trauma Informed Care Continuum.
Please see our Training page to learn what resources we have available locally for organizations to begin, or continue, their trauma-informed journey.
The Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation and its Every Child Thrives partners encourage businesses, non-profits, schools, faith-based organizations, healthcare providers, social service and government agencies to adopt trauma-informed approaches that build community resilience.
Badgerland After School Enrichment Program (BASE)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Wisconsin
Calvary Baptist Christian School
Church Health Services
City of Watertown (All Departments)
Community Care Preschool & Child Care - Beaver Dam
Community Dental Clinic - Jefferson County
Community Pediatrics - Beaver Dam / Waupun
Dodge County Birth to 3 / Green Valley Enterprises
Dodge County Human Services & Health Department
Dodgeland School District
Future All Star’s Academy
The Gathering Source
Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation
Hanrahan Law Offices
Hustisford Community Library
Hustisford Police Department
Hustisford School District
Hustisford Soccer Club
Jefferson County Circuit Court
Jefferson County Head Start
Jefferson County Health Department
Jefferson County Human Services Department
Juneau Public Library
Karl Junginger Memorial Library - Waterloo
Lake Mills Area School District
School District of Jefferson
St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church & School
UW-Madison Division of Extension
Waterloo School District
Watertown Area YMCA
Watertown Family Center
Watertown Family Practice
Watertown Public Library
Watertown Regional Medical Center
Watertown Unified School District
Willows Christian Child Care Center
4-C (Community Coordinated Child Care)
An on-demand, 1 hour training video that organizations can use to provide an initial training for staff members. This is also a tool that can be used for new employee orientation. Discussion questions are included with the video.
From the WI Office of Children's Mental Health
From the CDC