New Skills Certificate

De Anza College is proud to offer one of the first certificates in Trauma Informed Care for early childhood care providers and educators.

In this specialized program, students will acquire foundational knowledge about the effects of childhood trauma and key strategies for providing care and education to children who have experienced mental or physical trauma.

Why Is This Important?

children in group hugAs many as half of all children experience trauma in various forms, according to the American Psychological Association.

This trauma can affect individuals and their communities, with long-term emotional, physical and social consequences.

Early-childhood care professionals need to understand the neurobiological effects and other consequences of trauma, as well as strategies for supporting children and helping them build resilience.

Who Should Obtain This Certificate?

children in circle with arms raisedThis skills certificate program is designed for anyone who works with children from the prenatal stage to age 8.

This includes parents or caregivers, family childcare providers, infant and toddler teachers, preschool and K-12 teachers, administrators, coaches, mental health consultants and therapists.

Others who may benefit from this program include social workers, foster care providers, inclusion and disability specialists, occupational and physical therapists, home visitors, family advocates and medical providers.

Courses Required to Earn This Skills Certificate

Total of 16 units

  • CD 10G: Child Development (The Early Years) – 4 units
  • CD 75: Social Emotional Development – 3 units
  • CD 76: Trauma in Early Childhood Development – 4.5 units
  • CD 79: Applications and Implementation of Trauma informed Care and Field Experience – 4.5 units

Visit our Degrees and Certificates webpage to learn more about the certificate and requirements.

For More Information

Contact instructor Mayra Cruz at or the Child Development and Education Department at De Anza College.

  • 408.864.8770
  • Building L1, Room 13
  • Mailing Address:
Child Development and Education Department
De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
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