The Role of Life Experiences in Shaping Brain Development and Implications and Opportunities for Prevention
In order to secure social and economic prosperity, now and in the future, it is imperative we change the culture around early childhood philosophy, policies, and programs to utilize the latest brain science to prevent and mitigate the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Through this training, we will create partners who will work collaboratively to provide breakthrough approaches to help communities provide safe, stable, nurturing environments where children can develop the social, emotional, and behavioral skills they need to secure long-term health, succeed in school and in life, and contribute to our shared future.
This training aids in building a knowledge mobilization movement around early childhood brain development. This knowledge mobilization means developing a common understanding about early childhood through a shared, up-to-date, clear storyline based on science, including:
The architecture of a young child's brain is shaped by the interaction between genes and experiences, and this can have either a positive or negative result;
1. Science makes it clear that Adverse Childhood Experiences negatively impact the architecture of the developing brain;
2. Children thrive in a safe, stable, nurturing environment of supportive families, caregivers, neighborhoods and communities;
3. Investing more resources into primary prevention early results in a larger return on investment; and
4. Effectively addressing ACEs requires a public health approach.
Stephanie Strutner, MPH, CPSII