Miss Kendra Programs vision is to create schools that support open conversations about the truth in our students’ lives, and thereby liberate their energies and spirits for the important work of learning. By attending to students’ stresses before they break down with symptoms and behaviors of distress, Miss Kendra Programs helps entire classrooms and schools to maintain calm.

Our Philosophy

Our nation’s current policy is to wait until highly stressed young children cannot hold on any longer and break down into symptoms of anxiety and depression, and distressed behaviors in the classroom, and only then to provide expensive support services and treatments. Miss Kendra Programs aims to reach these highly stressed students before they break down. This is accomplished through methods of early identification, in which every child is asked what is happening in their lives on a regular basis.

Currently, our teachers, principals, and social workers are spending much of their time attending to the many students who are disruptive during the school day. They are not however attending to those students who might be disruptive tomorrow. The result is an unending cascade of upset students. By interrupting this pipeline, Miss Kendra Programs has lowered office referrals and therefore freed up teachers and administrators’ time to attend to their actual duties.

Our Passion

Freeing children from the bonds of trauma, maltreatment, and toxic stress, liberating their natural spirit, energy, and creativity!

Creating school communities with a commitment to protect their children by having open conversations about trauma, maltreatment, and stress on a regular basis among every student, teacher, and parent!

Igniting the flame inside every child and lighting the darkness that prevents them from being successful in their studies!

At heart, Miss Kendra Programs is about having the strength and courage to face reality, together.

Who We Are

The Current Approach

Everyday, large numbers of students come to school having been exposed to toxic stresses in their everyday lives. Over time, these stresses impact the student’s behavior and academic performance.

Our nation’s current practice inside classrooms everywhere is to wait until the child “acts out” with symptoms of anxiety and depression. This “acting out” typically leads to disciplinary actions and/or expensive interventions that remove the child from the classroom for periods of the school day further impacting the child’s behavior and academic performance and adding to their stress.

  • This approach leads to interventions that:
    • Are too late
    • Are too expensive
    • Unnecessarily pathologize the student

Plus this approach puts much pressure on teachers, principals and social workers who are spending much of their time attending to the many students who are disruptive during the school day. They are not however attending to those students who might be disruptive tomorrow. The result is an unending cascade of upset students. And, school professionals who are not attending to their primary roles.

A New Approach

Miss Kendra Programs aims to reach these highly stressed students before they break down. This is accomplished through methods of early identification, in which every child is asked what is happening in their lives on a regular basis.

The Miss Kendra Programs follow a preventive, public health framework based on 1) reaching all students, 2) brief but frequent contact, and 3) early intervention. Our programs are educational, giving students language for difficult experiences; interpersonal, teaching students to show care and concern for others who are suffering; and strengths-based, helping students develop strategies of resilience and fortitude in the face of adversity.

Our Miss Kendra Programs move schools beyond being trauma-informed into real action.

The Miss Kendra Programs follow a preventive, public health framework based on 1) reaching all students, 2) brief but frequent contact, and 3) early intervention. Our programs are educational, giving students language for difficult experiences; interpersonal, teaching students to show care and concern for others who are suffering; and strengths-based, helping students develop strategies of resilience and fortitude in the face of adversity.

Our Miss Kendra Programs move schools beyond being trauma-informed into real action.