There’s a critical window that can ensure healthy development. Research shows that the brain grows most during the first five years of life. Compassionate, loving relationships and healthy nurturing environments are critical. If all kids had these, children and families would be thriving.
Instead, many children suffer from toxic stress. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) like physical abuse, neglect, substance abuse and mental illness, among other things, can disrupt healthy development. Traumatic stress during early childhood can have a lasting impact on well-being throughout one’s lifetime. And if children suffer, we all suffer. Our community’s long term success depends on our children’s success. That’s why we are working together to change the story for children and families. Watch the video below created by the Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University to learn more about how adult capacity affects child outcomes.