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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente, which began in the mid-90’s. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest and most comprehensive studies conducted to identify connections between adversity in early childhood and health and well-being later in life.
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Scientists at this center, including Dr. Jack Shonkoff, developed the original taxonomy around toxic stress. A depth of journal articles, video clips, and their InBrief Series that describe adverse childhood experiences, the impact of toxic stress in the earliest years and strategies to buffer the impact can be found here.
The Foundations of Lifelong Health are Built in Early Childhood (2010) Watershed report on the importance of early experience in supporting lifelong health. Highlights early adversity, toxic stress, serve and return, and general information on the importance of early childhood mental health.
The Center on the Developing Child InBrief: Resiliency Series (2015) 2015 report highlighting emerging research on resiliency in early childhood, or an adaptive response to adversity. This series highlights why resiliency is important and how strong caregivers play a key role in promoting resilience in young children.
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Parental History of Adversity and Child Well-Being: Insights from Colorado (2016) This Office of Early Childhood report utilizes data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFFS) and the Child Health Survey (CHS) to evaluate the impacts of caregiver adversity on their own health, along with the impact on their young children.
The Link Between Parent and Child Mental Health in Colorado (2017) This brief from the Colorado Health Institute highlights the connections between the mental health of caregivers and that of young children.
Building Foundations for Resilience: An Overview of Promising Approaches to Buffer the Effects of Toxic Stress in Young Children (2014)

Executive Summary (2015)

The Early Childhood Colorado Partnership (ECCP) Strategies to Buffer Toxic Stress Action Team spent the summer and fall of 2014 performing a deep review of the available literature on buffering the impacts of early adversity. The group released Building Foundations of Resilience at the December 2014 Progress & Possibilities event. Make sure to take a peek at this great resource if you haven’t already.
What Can You Do? (2015) This Spanish and English flier, developed by ECCP members is a shared resource for parents, neighbors, and professionals to promote strong relationships and brain development in young children.
Early Childhood Mental Health Strategic Plan (2015) Developed with broad stakeholder outreach by the Office of Early Childhood Mental Health Unit.
Young Minds Matter: Supporting Children’s Mental Health Through Policy Change (2015) A policy brief developed by the Colorado Children’s Campaign highlighting policy opportunities for supporting early childhood mental health, including preventing early adversity and buffering toxic stress.
Toxic Stress in Colorado from Mom to Tot (2013) Colorado data on toxic stress through maternal and infant wellness lens.
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Aces too High Online resources with factual information from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and links to resources, papers, tolls.
Infographic: The Truth About ACES Informative infographic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation including information and data on ACES nationally.
How Brains Are Built (video clip) The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative developed this 4-minute video with partners at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and the FrameWorks Institute.
ACE Score Calculator Determine ACE scores via multiple languages.
Strengthening Families Protective Factors Five protective factors promote a strengths-based approach to working with and supporting families. To learn more about the Strengthening Families Action Team and Network in Colorado, email
Adverse Childhood Experiences and Public Health Practice (2012) In this one-hour webinar, Christopher Blodgett, PhD, and Quen Zorrah, PHN, MSN, describe ACEs efforts in Washington State.
Adverse Childhood Experiences and Evidence Based Home Visiting (2011) In this one-hour Maternal and Child Public Health series webinar, Laura Porter and Kathy Carson present information on emerging scientific discoveries about the lifelong impacts of adverse childhood experiences and shed light on the inter-generational benefits of home visiting.
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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Early Brain and Child Development Training modules (Updated 2018) Six modules focus on early brain development, toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, and community support. Designed for both individual and group learning.
Healthy Child Care America, AAP webinars Ongoing and archived webinars developed by Healthy Child Care America and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Issues covered include toxic stress, safe sleep, home visiting, and more.
The Raising of America documentary series (2014) A series of 5 30 minute – 1 hour episodes composing a documentary series on the importance of investing in young children and their families in the United States. To learn more about how this series is being leveraged in Colorado email
Child Adversity Narratives (CAN) (2015) PowerPoint slides that can be used and adjusted to inform audiences about ACEs and toxic stress.
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