Early Childhood Well-Being/Preventing Adverse Childhood ExperiencesPreventing Adverse Childhood Experiences
TCCY has intensified its advocacy of and collaboration for Early Child Well-Being/Adverse Childhood Experiences. This work, including training, collaboration and advocacy on a number of levels, is being overseen by Jennifer Drake Croft.
The early years of life matter because the basic architecture of the human brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Early experiences literally shape how the brain gets built, establishing either a sturdy or a fragile foundation for all of the development and behavior that follows. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) harm the developing brains and bodies of young children and lead to poor mental and physical health across the lifespan. Preventing and mitigating these experiences benefit all Tennesseans by reducing crime, violence, substance abuse, unhealthy behavior and physical disease.