Best Practice #2: A SENSE OF TRUST

Developing safe, stable, and nurturing relationships between children and their parents, caregivers, and caring adults…

There are a range of traumatic experiences that may cause children to feel that they cannot rely on anyone for safety or support. The presence of positive and stable relationships is extremely important for all children. The care and support provided by caregivers, peers, or mentors can help with positive development, demonstrating prosocial behaviors, and resiliency.


People doubted she could teach us poetry,
calling us underdogs at best,
but Ms Arthur believed in us.
Said we had survived struggles while our llives were a mess,
so she knew we could surpass any test.
We ignored her at first, drifting off in class.
But there was no ignoring her.
A short shot of black espresso, she woke us all up, had us writing by the mass.
Concisely like she said, straight to the point like a haiku.

She Ain't waste time or syllables on nonsense.
Genuinely cared, always listening to what we shared as if it were already a poem recited in the air.
We learned to tell our truth this way, unafraid to be ourselves.
Learned new words like “resilient “simile”.
One day she told me,
“It's not the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog.”
Trust me, she would’ve spit truth in this minute, and in it you might’ve found yourself like I did, with her help.

- Angel Pantoja



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