Early Childhood Coalition

Of Greater Wichita County

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs)

The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study by Dr. Robert Anda and Dr. Vince Felitti links childhood trauma with many adult diseases (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.) and health issues including social and emotional problems. It measures 10 types of childhood trauma and determines those who may be at higher risk of poor mental and health outcomes as an adult. The ACE questionnaire contains five personal questions and five questions related to other family members including the topics of physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect and family issues such as alcoholism, domestic violence, incarceration, mental illness or disappearance of a parent through divorce, death or abandonment. Those with an ACE score of 4 or more have a serious likelihood of developing a serious disease as an adult. The good news is that those who learn to be resilient lessen their risk of developing negative outcomes!

Learn more by reading Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Lifelong Consequences of Trauma by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

On October 4, 2018 the Early Childhood Coalition hosted the Fighting ACEs Community Empowerment Summit. It was a great day with over 260 people from 62 organizations attending.


Find out

YOUR ACE SCORE here!

Learn About the ECC BElow!

Vision

The vision of the Early Childhood Coalition is that young children and their families in North Texas will thrive and contribute their unique gifts to society as a direct result of the dynamics created by community collaboration

Mission:

The Early Childhood Coalition exists to make connections and fill gaps in the systems serving families with young children in North Texas.

Beliefs/Values:

  • Positive expectations for all children and their adult caregiver
  • Question the plan, not the dream
  • An all-inclusive perspective of health and wellness
  • Commit the time, energy, and resources necessary to accomplish our mission
  • Transform effort into success for any family
  • Community-wide accountability for outcomes

View the entire Early Childhood Coalition Strategic Plan below.

ECC SP 2018.pdf