When a family's story includes abuse, neglect, or other chronic cycles of trauma the effects can impact child brain development, family resilience, and community well-being for generations. The Family Center is here to help change the story. We're empowering families to break multi-generational cycles of trauma and grow stronger together.

What are ACEs?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic experiences that disrupt child development.  What we know...

  • Positive experiences in infancy and early childhood build strong, healthy brains and lay the foundations for emotional and social successes throughout life.
  • Negative experiences can lead to developmental setbacks in children's brains and potential life-long challenges (emotional, physical, social, multi-generational).  
  • ACEs know no geographic, demographic or socio-economic boundaries.  
  • There are 10 Common ACEs. Do you know your ACE score? Take this quiz to find out.

    Watch this video to learn how ACEs impact brain development in children... and check out our parent stories below!