Getting Started

GET IN TOUCH: We’d love to learn a bit about your challenges and goals and talk about how Miss Kendra Programs can enrich your school. Fill out our interest form to get the conversation started today! 


Equip your team: Explore our menu of professional development offerings available to make sure your team has the foundation in trauma-informed practices they will need.

Watch the documentary“Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope” if you haven’t already seen it. Our experts are happy to be part of your watch event.

Develop funding plans: Find sample language for grants or presentations to school leadership. Need something specific? Just let us know and we’re happy to help.

View this video: Teachers share their enthusiasm about the Miss Kendra Program.

Share this PowerPoint: If you are making a presentation about the program to people in your school district, here is a short presentation you can use.

Communicate with parents: Share Miss Kendra Programs’  Family Information Guide  and invite parents to be a part of your school’s Miss Kendra journey. 

Affordable and Sustainable

Miss Kendra Programs utilize a public health model that relies on teachers and school support staff to deliver the program curriculum. The all-inclusive cost of implementing the Miss Kendra Program is $17,500 per school per year.

By contrast, SEL programs that rely on remedial/mental health approaches involving intensive interventions with the most distressed, symptomatic, and needy students can cost upwards of $5,000 per student per year.

Why teachers recommend Miss Kendra Programs

Find out why teachers across the country recommend Miss Kendra Programs as the trauma-informed solution for their classrooms. 

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The Miss Kendra Program is a K-12 trauma-informed social emotional learning program and school-based public health approach to mitigate the impact of trauma and toxic stress on students’ academic engagement.  At its core, Miss Kendra Programs help whole schools and classrooms create safe spaces for children to learn norms of child safety and have open conversations about adversity, on a regular basis, in order to identify problems early on and strengthen their psychological immunity.

Through the imaginative and playful world of Miss Kendra, students explore their worries and traumas that interfere with their ability to learn and focus on their schoolwork. It is rooted in the core social emotional competencies set out by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Miss Kendra Programs go beyond trauma informed to actively addressing trauma. Unlike other social emotional learning programs that work primarily to teach social emotional or mindfulness skills, Miss Kendra Programs work to help students understand the kinds of trauma and toxic stress that interfere with their capacity to execute core social emotional competencies.

Additionally, the program aims to transform and deepen the relationship between student and teacher, which is the foundation of education.  Trauma directly interferes with the health of that relationship, and the Miss Kendra Program helps to restore their connection.

Miss Kendra Programs are interested in partnering with elementary schools that have training in trauma-informed care, that can make a whole-school commitment to the program’s guiding principles of trauma-sensitivity, non-punitive discipline, and a whole-child approach. If your school is ready to move beyond being trauma-informed and ready to address trauma proactively, download an application to become a Miss Kendra school.

Anyone who is working on behalf of the whole school can apply for Miss Kendra Programs. This can include the principal, teacher, superintendent, community organizations and/or parents.

Becoming a Miss Kendra School costs approximately $17,500 per year. Cost goes down after two years of programming.

  • Initial 5.5-hour training for teachers, social support staff, and administrative staff conducted on-site or online by experienced Miss Kendra trainers.
  • Ongoing phone coaching/supervision of school personnel, follow-up visits, and ongoing support for school administrators to monitor program success from Miss Kendra Program staff.
  • Official Miss Kendra materials
  • Identification as a “Miss Kendra school”

Indicate your needs in the application. Miss Kendra Programs staff will consult with you about pricing for multiple schools.

If you are interested in bringing Miss Kendra Programs to your school, you can email us at, and we can set up a phone call to find out if Miss Kendra Programs are the right fit for you.


We have seen decreases in behavior; we have seen children speak their truths in letters to Miss Kendra and conversations on the carpet. To watch their faces after they speak their truths is like watching someone who has been trying to carry a large weight on their shoulders for a long time finally be able to put it down.
2nd Grade Teacher, Bearfield Primary School, Ahoskie, North Carolina
Miss Kendra Programs provide a way for our students to give voice to their worries, and know our school is a safe place in which they could receive support.
Principal, Edgewood Magnet School, New Haven, Connecticut
The best part of the Miss Kendra Programs is knowing that through the program we create opportunities for kids to share their stories and give them opportunities to talk about things that they may not otherwise have the chance to talk about.
Miss Kendra Counselor, Escambia County, Florida
I have seen the worries melt off kids when they are able to write them down and the joy they experience getting a letter in return. Even my students who do not write letters love to hear who got a letter and support them, which does not happen often with my kiddos.
4th Grade Teacher, Spokane, Washington
It is a very informative and open program with a great amount of resources supporting it. It has a great structure, a baseline to go off of, and fun activities for the students.
Kindergarten Teacher, Waterville, New York
Students have a chance to share thoughts & feelings without feeling judged.
4th Grade Teacher, Murphy, North Carolina