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The Building Blocks of HOPE – Block #2: Environment


We have been so encouraged to hear how HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) is a natural fit for ACES Connection.

Children who grow up in safe, stable and equitable environments are less likely to experience poor mental and physical health as adults. It is crucial to ask caregivers about the types of environments their children are experiencing. Celebrate the positive and work with families to help ensure their child has the opportunity to live, learn and play in safe and nurturing environments.  Having safe, stable and equitable environments to live, learn and play forms the second of the 4 Building Blocks of HOPE. What do we mean by safe, stable and equitable environments?

  • A home where a child is safe and secure, and is able to get proper nutrition and enough sleep.
  • A child’s environment needs to offer opportunities for high-quality learning.
  • A safe place that offers opportunities to play and interact with other children.

For an insightful perspective on this HOPE building block, which details inequities and how we can support children, please read a blog based on an interview with Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena.

To further embrace the members of ACES Connection, we have created a Balancing ACES with HOPE community and encourage all to visit and join. Please read our blogs and post your comments. Let us know how you think HOPE could impact your work and personal life. This post is the second in our series of mini blogs describing the building blocks of HOPE. Click here to read our previous post about the first building block of HOPE: relationships.

Please share your ideas of how we can help create opportunities for positive experiences.  It is more important than ever during this very stressful time.

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