Tonette Walker visits clinic that helps kids experiencing homelessness, foster care
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s first lady, Tonette Walker, visited a child center that focuses on mental health for under-served local children, Monday morning
The Playing Field Child Care Center serves children six weeks to 5 years old who are experiencing homelessness or foster care. They help them deal with trauma and aggressive physical behavior.
The center told the state’s first lady that kids learn how to problem solve, keep their composure and practice breathing techniques to combat anxiety.
Walker, who is a big advocate of trauma-informed care, said these skills will benefit kids in the future.
“These children are really learning good habits, and not only habits, but a good way of dealing with things that they may encounter later on in life,” she said.
The center says it is crucial these issues are addressed at an early age. If not, they said, the children can end up with long-term effects in future relationships.