We are part of a growing network of leaders working to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the need to develop effective innovative interventions. Learn more about our support in reducing the impact of childhood trauma.

Programs that get results


Head Start-Trauma Smart

Head Start-Trauma Smart combines the strengths of the Head Start program with Trauma-Informed Therapy to combat the immediate and lifelong negative effects of repeated exposure to violence on children ages three to five.

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Child First

Child First is an evidence-based model that uses home visits and a network of community services to prevent the devastating effects of early childhood adversity. The program is unique among home-visiting models because it features a skilled mental health specialist as a leading part of the team.

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Improving Access to Children's Mental Health Care: Lessons from a Study of Eleven States

Research by the George Washington University Center for Health and Health in Schools (CHHCS) identifies the systemic challenges to ensuring children’s access to mental health care common among many states, and points to encouraging examples of success.

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Highlights from across the country

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  • Connecticut has demonstrated the value of making emergency psychaiatric services available to schools
  • Minnesota is working to overcome professional shortages in rural areas thorugh tele-psychiatry
  • North Carolina has demonstrated the power of partnerships between mental health professionals and physical health providers
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ACEs Screenshot

Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Remarks from Jane Isaacs Lowe, senior adviser for program development

Remarks from Jane Lowe

“Children exposed to repeated trauma early in life often face serious cognitive, behavioral, and physical health problems across their lifespans. We are proud to support innovative models that show that we can create a different future for these children and their families– one in which they have the support, stability, and resilience they need to succeed in school and grow up healthy.”

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