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 physical 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!
Laura Porter will return to Wichita Falls for FACES Moving FORWARD on April 2, 2020 from 8am-Noon. The Early Childhood Coalition of Greater Wichita County invites you to attend:
In this session, Laura will highlight work being done across the US pertaining to addressing the prevention and outcomes of ACES. She will help our community determine the next steps we need to make in helping our community fight ACEs.
On the evening of April 2, 2020, Laura will facilitate the FACES Parent Cafe'.
This free session, specifically for parents, will be held from 5:30pm-7:30pm and will include dinner and childcare.
To register or for more information about either above event, please click on the link for the event.
Learn About the ECC BElow!
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
The Early Childhood Coalition exists to make connections and fill gaps in the systems serving families with young children in North Texas.
- 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.