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How can we prevent adverse childhood experiences?

Preventing ACEs - Strategy Approach

Strengthen economic supports to families

  • Strengthening household financial security

  • Family-friendly work policies

Promote social norms that protect against violence and adversity

  • Public education campaigns

  • Legislative approaches to reduce corporal punishment

  • Bystander approaches

  • Men and boys as allies in prevention

Ensure a strong start for children

  • Early childhood home visitation

  • High-quality child care

  • Preschool enrichment with family engagement

Teach skills

  • Social-emotional learning

  • Safe dating and healthy relationship skill programs

  • Parenting skills and family relationship approaches

Connect youth to caring adults and activities

  • Mentoring programs

  • After-school programs

Intervene to lessen immediate and long-term harms

  • Enhanced primary care

  • Victim-centered services

  • Treatment to lessen the harms of ACEs

  • Treatment to prevent problem behavior and future involvement in violence

  • Family-centered treatment for substance use disorders

Raising awareness of ACEs can help:

  • Change how people think about the causes of ACEs and who could help prevent them.

  • Shift the focus from individual responsibility to community solutions.

  • Reduce stigma around seeking help with parenting challenges or for substance misuse, depression, or suicidal thoughts.

  • Promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments where children live, learn, and play.

Let’s help all children reach their full potential and create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive.

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