Adverse Childhood Experience FrameWorks Resources

Framing the ACEs Message
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Tennessee Impact Brief. Building Strong Brains Tennessee has created a powerful mix of science and storytelling to frame how environments and experiences in early childhood shape life outcomes—and an equally powerful system of spreading that story. As a result, residents in every Tennessee county have learned about the potential lifelong impacts of early childhood adversity. Children are more likely to have educators who know why and how to buffer young children from the effects of traumatic events. Public servants—from lawmakers to law enforcement—better understand how public policy can shape health, wellbeing, and resilience. State agencies and other systems that serve children and families have both new direction and new resources to support their work.

Building Strong Brains Tennessee uses tested communication to help all citizens understand science around child and adolescent development, child maltreatment, and resilience.  Below are some FrameWorks Institute resources which discuss research methods and application:

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The Frameworks Children’s Mental Health Tennessee Toolkit. This toolkit was developed for the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) with the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and KIDS COUNT. It builds on research sponsored by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, the Jacksonville System of Care Initiative, and the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative to be a compendium of communications research and resources for helping the public better understand issues such as child development, child mental health, and programs informed by a “System of Care” operational philosophy.