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Claire Charlton

Claire Charlton is a Metro Detroit freelance writer. Connect with her on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

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Suffering in silence: How Metro Detroit supports the health of its youngest immigrants and refugees

The experience of moving to a foreign country can be traumatic for children, especially those fleeing persecution or war. Metro Detroit organizations are giving immigrant and refugee children tools to heal from traumatic experiences for a better future.

Starfish Early Head Start Infant/Toddler in Inkster

Why all Metro Detroit adults should learn to recognize the symptoms of childhood trauma

Childhood trauma can express itself in many challenging ways. Some Metro Detroit organizations have learned to look beyond bad behavior to consider possible underlying trauma, giving kids a chance to begin recovery.

Alana Baldwin, 18-year-old senior at River Rouge High School

Seeking help: how metro Detroiters heal from childhood trauma

Childhood trauma is pervasive, affecting children across the socioeconomic spectrum. If undetected and untreated, its negative effects can follow a child into adulthood. Fortunately, it's never too late to diagnose and treat. 

Teacher Tamika Nicks in one of Winston Head Start's updated classrooms

The importance of facility quality in early education

Research shows that attention to facility quality and thoughtful classroom design can pave the way to a better educational outcome, augment programming quality, and change the landscape of early childhood education in Detroit.

A field trip to a farm in Lake Ann

Big and small: sharing early education wisdom from rural to urban communities

In the absence of universal policy for early childhood education, some Michigan's smallest communities are taking it upon themselves to foster kindergarten-ready children.
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