Thiesen’s awarded Community Action of Eastern Iowa $2,900 to provide Brain State Model training and resources for twenty-nine Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms.  Thiesen’s made this award as part of a total of $50,000 granted to nonprofit organizations in the Quad Cities area in celebration of Thiesen’s Grand Opening of their new store on Brady Street in Davenport.

More than half of all children in the USA have experienced the stress of at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). These stressful experiences have been shown to actually change the way a child’s brain works, and the changes happen very early in life. Children from low income families are even more likely to have experienced these stressors.

The good news is that a research based curriculum and a consistent, relationship based approach to care can help young children learn new ways to deal with and respond to their environment.  This grant award to implement the Brain State Model and curriculum will impact the lives of 104 infants/toddlers and 288 preschool children and their families.

The Brain State Model has been demonstrated in peer-reviewed study to improve the social-emotional skills of students, teachers, and parents. The approach also improves the staff-child interactions and promotes school readiness.