Adverse Childhood Experiences

A collection of news, perspectives, and other resources to help raise awareness, prevent ACEs and improve resiliency.

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What are ACEs?

Traumatic childhood events such as abuse, neglect, witnessing experiences such as crime, parental conflict, mental illness, and substance abuse can create dangerous levels of stress and derail healthy brain development—resulting in long-term effects on learning, behavior and health.

A growing network of leaders in research, policy and practice are developing approaches to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mitigate their impact through building resilience. This collection contains commentary from experts and resources detailing innovative approaches for improving mental and physical health using an ACEs framework.

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Traumatic Experiences Widespread Among U.S. Youth, New Data Show

October 19, 2017 | News Release

Findings from national data show that over 38 percent of children in every state have had one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Sesame Street Tools Help Build Resiliency

October 6, 2017 | Blog Post

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Sesame Street are partnering to help families cope with traumatic experiences and foster nurturing connections between children and the caring adults in their lives.

Home Visits Empower Families to Achieve Brighter Futures

September 14, 2017 | Blog Post

Home visiting programs help parents give kids a healthy start. Many families benefit from these services, but millions more could.

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RWJF funds projects that enable children, particularly those most vulnerable, to grow up physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively well and at a healthy weight.