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A Story of ACEs and Resilience

Valerie Jackson ·
Many of us are aware of ACEs and the effects it has on our children and on us. We must keep in mind that an ACE score is not the end. See the story of Pastor Darrell Armstrong of Trenton NJ.
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ACEs and the Unified Science of Human Development - Jane Stevens - Aug. 2, 2016 at California Home Visiting Summit

Amanda Finlaw ·
This is a repost from the Philadelphia ACEs group - attached is a PowerPoint from Jane Stevens, presented at the California Home Visiting Summit on August 2, 2016.
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ACEs Connection's Inclusion Tool makes sure nobody's left out

We developed ACEs Connection's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Tool — called the Inclusion Tool, for short — to ensure that ACEs initiatives across the world focus on being inclusive when forming a steering committee, recruiting leaders, providing education about ACEs science, recruiting members, or providing resources and services within their communities. The more inclusive your ACEs initiative is, the more diverse it will be, giving your initiative a real shot at achieving equity and...
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Allentown Headstart program focuses on kids dealing with trauma [whyy.org]

Alicia Doktor ·
In a space that used to be an abandoned state hospital, Lora Lesak has created an early childhood classroom filled with natural light and comfortable chairs — a room designed to feel like a home. As director of Developmental Health Services for Allentown’s Community Services for Children, she says that’s exactly what children who’ve experienced trauma need. “We have gotten children that have needed to remain in the hospital for two weeks to be weaned of substances — whether it’s cocaine,...
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Building Children's Brains [New York Times]

Mary Rieck ·
Take a look at today's article from Nick Kristof in the New York Times on the importance of early learning and challenges faced by children in poverty. Building Children's Brains Nicolas Kristof First, a quiz: What’s the most common “vegetable” eaten by American toddlers? Answer: The French fry. The same study that unearthed that nutritional tragedy also found that on any given day, almost half of American toddlers drink soda or similar drinks, possibly putting the children on a trajectory...
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Building Resilience in Children - 20 Practical, Powerful Strategies (backed by science)

Amanda Finlaw ·
After a brief definition and explanation of resilience, this article from Hey Sigmund gives 20 easy, realistic strategies for building resilience in children. http://www.heysigmund.com/building-resilience-children/
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Call For Workshop and Poster Submissions: Third Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference

Neil Andress ·
The 3rd Annual Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference: Promoting Equitable Access to High Quality Services for Vulnerable Children and Families , will be held on Thomas Jefferson University's East Falls Philadelphia Campus July 29 th -August 1st, 2019 . This unique training conference will provide an intensive, collaborative, and engaging experience to providers, educators, and leaders across health, education, and social service disciplines, as well as to community members invested in...
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Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma Counseling- Apply Now!

Jeanne Felter ·
Philadelphia University Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma Counseling Philadelphia University’s Community and Trauma Counseling Program offers a 4-course certificate for master’s-level professionals. The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma Counseling provides an advanced understanding of trauma theory, principles, tools and strategies that support trauma-informed practice with adults and children. A new cohort will begin late August with enrollment in the first course in the...
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Childhood Trauma in Pottstown can Lead to Future Health Challenges [The Mercury]

Mary Rieck ·
Take a look at this great article from Mica about our Pottstown Trauma Informed Community work. POTTSTOWN >> A local initiative is bringing awareness to research that shows traumatic childhood experiences such as poverty, sexual abuse and drug addiction can lead to lifelong challenges in mental, social and physical health. Representatives of the school district, borough and police department, as well as several other organizations, have come together to form the Pottstown Trauma...
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Community Urged to Take Part in Pottstown Childhood Trauma Initiative [Mercury]

Mary Rieck ·
Thank you to everyone who attended our Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Connection meeting. It was great to see all of the interest and support of the work in Pottstown. Thank you to Mica Patterson for writing a great article in the Mercury. Please see below and click on link for full story. Community Urged to Take Part in Pottstown Childhood Trauma Initiative POTTSTOWN >> “Do you know anyone who has been divorced? I bet most of us could say yes. That is a person or a family that...
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Creating Trauma Informed Schools by Dr. Sandy Bloom

Mary Rieck ·
In June 2014, Dr. Sandy Bloom was the keynote speaker for the PEAK Annual Meeting and presented a training for teachers focusing on ACEs and becoming trauma informed schools. Below is a copy of her presentation. Sandra L. Bloom is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and recently was awarded the Temple University School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award. In addition to her faculty position at the School of Public Health at Drexel, she is...
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Dr. Steve Berkowitz to deliver keynote at Brookside Country Club

Valerie Jackson ·
The Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Connection group is underway in planning the January 31 Community Connection Connection Matters networking at 8:30 followed by a 9:00 am to 11:00 am meeting at Brookside Country Club where Dr. Steve Berkowitz, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Director Penn Center For Youth and Family Trauma Response And Recovery will speak on "Childhood Resiliency: Crisis, Early Intervention...
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Drexel Studies Show Intergenerational Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Food Insecurity [ASPPH]

Mary Rieck ·
ASPPH | Drexel Studies Show Intergenerational Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Food Insecurity New research from Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities has added evidence on the relationship between food insecurity and adverse child experiences (ACEs). One study of 1255 female caregivers of young children, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine , found that depressive symptoms and ACEs were independently associated with household and child food...
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Educators learn the ABCs of school wellness at Pottstown institute [PhoenixvilleNews.com]

Right before students are due to return for the fall session, tri-county area educators learned how to incorporate play into the school day during a wellness seminar at the Pottstown Middle School. About 160 people representing 13 area school districts attended the 2016 “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Institute” last week. The two-day event shows educators and school administrators how to incorporate physical fitness as well as other healthy activities into the school to create a better...
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Elizabeth Prewitt article on Trauma Informed Care Bill

Valerie Jackson ·
A comprehensive Trauma-Informed Care bill quietly introduced in the final days of the 114th Congress Elizabeth Prewitt 2 hours ago In the final weeks of the 114 th Congress, Senators Heitkamp, Durbin, and Franken introduced The Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act (S. 3519)—a wide ranging bill that proposes new strategies to expand trauma-informed best practices and models, train clinicians, law enforcement officials, teachers and health care providers in trauma-informed...
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Focus on Reducing Childhood Trauma in Pottstown [Reading Eagle]

Mary Rieck ·
Pottstown officials are taking steps to reduce instances of childhood trauma among students in the school district. The topic was discussed during a roundtable at the Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness, or PEAK, program's annual meeting at Montgomery County Community College. A program of the school district, PEAK partners with private child care locations to provide prekindergarten education to local students. The trauma that officials hope to reduce is related to adverse...
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Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education [ChildTrends.org] [Re-posting from ACES in Child Care]

Amanda Finlaw ·
This report from Child Trends and the National Center for Children in Poverty includes a review of the prevalence of early childhood trauma and its effects. The report offers promising strategies for child care and preschool programs looking to help young children who have endured trauma, and presents recommendations for policymakers to support trauma-informed early care. [For more of this story go to https://www.childtrends.org/publications/ecetrauma/ ]
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New Study Shows Communities Can Reduce the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences [Mathematica Policy Research]

Amanda Finlaw ·
A new study commissioned by the Adverse Childhood Experiences Public-Private Initiative (APPI) of Washington State finds that communities can create effective, local strategies that reduce the long-term social, emotional and physical problems related to abuse, neglect, and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Research shows that the prevalence of 10 specific ACEs—such as witnessing domestic violence or experiencing physical abuse—trigger a stress response that can harm a child’s...
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How Community Networks Stem Childhood Traumas [NYTimes]

Alyson Ferguson ·
By David Bornstein Liberals and conservatives often disagree about the causes of poverty and other social ills. Broadly speaking, liberals point the finger at structural factors and advocate for policy changes, while conservatives look to individuals and families and favor behavior changes. Clearly, both points of view have validity. But what’s often overlooked is what lies between these two poles — communities and neighborhoods — and the value of focusing on this middle zone. Last week, I...
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Organizations develop a Funders Guide to Trauma-Informed Practice

Amanda Finlaw ·
Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Connection is one of the featured stories in this resource. "Responding to the overwhelming demand of funders in the Delaware Valley to better understand the impacts of trauma on our region and how they can apply trauma informed practices to their own work, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey partnered to produce this hands-on resource...
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PEAK Parents and Staff Featured in Center for American Progress Report

Mary Rieck ·
Last fall, I was contacted by a policy writer for the Center for American Progress. She was writing a paper on the challenges that families face in accessing affordable child care and other services for their young children. She found PEAK online and wanted to talk about the way we support families. We arranged a focus group of some parents and Judy Warner, a senior policy writer, spent several hours talking with the parents and visiting the YWCA Tri-County Area. Bethany and Ada are both...
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Progress Towards Building an Affirming and Supportive Child Welfare System:

Karen Clemmer ·
The data collection and analysis used in the IA attempts to uncover the experience of individuals as they encounter institutions and provide an understanding of how the institutions are organized to act in certain ways and recognizes that sometimes these ways are not aligned with their desired outcomes. The IA is grounded in the viewpoint of family members—children, fathers, mothers, and other primary caregivers. Allegheny County DHS leadership committed at the very beginning of this project...
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PTICC Launch Presentation

Mary Rieck ·
We had a great launch to our Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Connection with 126 participants. We will post more information about the meeting a little later but below is the presentation that was used. Thank you for being involved in this important work in Pottstown.
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Ready for kindergarten? Gap between rich and poor narrows, Stanford study finds (scienceblog.com)

Amanda Finlaw ·
On the first day of kindergarten, poor children are already behind. But the distance they need to cover to start school on par with richer kids has shortened – in spite of widening economic inequality – according to surprising new research co-authored by Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) Professor Sean Reardon . The study, conducted with Stanford GSE alumna Ximena Portilla, compared the achievement gaps between high- and lower-income children kindergarten in 1998 and 2010 using the...
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Rep. Sappey's trauma-informed education signed into law [dailylocal.com]

By Daily Local News, July 5, 2019. Legislation to implement trauma-informed education in Pennsylvania schools has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf, largely thanks to a bill authored by state Rep. Christina Sappey, D-158th Dist. Earlier this year H.B. 1415 and S.B. 200, which would implement approaches to student learning that recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma and integrates that knowledge into education-based policies, learning, procedures and practices, was introduced by...
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Retiring Pottstown Superintendent Leaves Legacy [Reading Eagle]

Mary Rieck ·
This is an article in this past Sunday's Reading Eagle about the retirement of Dr. Jeff Sparagana. Thanks to him for his leadership for all these years and for his continued involvement. Joan Daly, former executive director of the Pottstown YMCA, recalled a meeting 11 years ago with Pottstown School District Superintendent Jeffrey Sparagana, then assistant superintendent, in which the seeds were planted for what would become one of Pottstown's most successful educational programs. "At the...
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Social-emotional training decreases pre-K suspensions [CabinetReport.com]

Amanda Finlaw ·
Disciplinary polices have come under fire across the country with the revelation that thousands of preschool students are suspended or expelled each year–an issue that can be improved with professional development in social-emotional learning, according to new study. Researchers at Vanderbilt University found that teachers trained in using the Pyramid Model, an approach based on positive behavior support in developing children’s social-emotional competence and preventing and addressing...
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Steering Committee Meeting Notes - May 24, 2016

Mary Rieck ·
See attached for the meeting notes from the May 24, 2017 meeting of the Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Connection Steering Committee
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Stress and Urban Poverty by Dr. Roy Wade, Jr.

Mary Rieck ·
Here is a presentation that was made by Dr. Roy Wade, Jr. in June 2015 at the PEAK Annual Meeting. Dr. Wade focused on the impact of stress and urban poverty on families and children and the expanded ACEs study. Dr. Roy Wade, Jr. is currently an Instructor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Department of General Pediatrics. He recently completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Fellowship at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of...
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Studying How Poverty Keeps Hurting Young Minds, and What to Do About It [New York Times]

Mary Rieck ·
Take a look at this article from the New York Times concerning the impact of trauma on the developing brain. The human brain begins as a neural tube that develops five weeks after conception. Years later, it is fully formed. On Tuesday, experts in neuroscience, genetics and social work met in Manhattan to talk about what can happen to it along the way, and what emerging research tells us about how children who seem broken can be made whole. Officially, the meeting was called Poverty, the...
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Supporting Older Trauma Survivors as They Heal Their Pasts, Grow Their Futures

Anndee Hochman ·
Marie-Monique Marthol handed out the cards to older adults at meetings of her local civic association. With the pastor’s permission, she left some at a neighborhood church. She stacked them in restaurants, community centers and even at the laundromat. On the front, the cards read, “Time never runs out for change. Let go of fear and guilt. Focus on healing and growth from ACEs.” The flip side said, “Healing from your past; giving to your future.” They were slogans fine-tuned through months of...
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Two studies shed light on state legislators’ views on ACEs science and trauma policy

New and returning lawmakers take the oath of office on day one of Washington state's 2017 legislative session. — Jeanie Lindsay/Northwest News Network As advocates prepare to see how ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) science, trauma, and resilience play out in the 2020 state legislative sessions — many beginning in January — they are undoubtedly asking: “What does a legislator want?" It may be a stretch to play on Freud’s question: “What does a women want?", but the query captures how...
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Using Play to Build the Brain [Gooeybrains]

Amanda Finlaw ·
This is a great read on play and its role in a child's brain development. "Did you know that more than just about any other activity, play is what promotes the healthy development of your child! The most important thing to remember about play is that it should be pleasurable. That means that if your child is having fun, then you are doing it right! Play can use the mind, body or even props. It engages the imagination and exercises the muscles, and it also allows our children to practice new...
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Why Young Kids Learn Through Movement [The Atlantic]

Mary Rieck ·
This is a good article on the importance of movement to brain development and healthy social and emotional development. One of my children is spinning in a circle, creating a narrative about a princess as she twirls. The other is building a rocket ship out of a discarded box, attaching propellers made of cardboard and jumping in and out of her makeshift launcher. It is a snow day, and I’ve decided to let them design their own activities as I clean up and prepare a meal. My toddler becomes...
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Wolf Administration Releases ‘Trauma-Informed PA’ Plan with Recommendations and Steps for the Commonwealth and Providers to Become Trauma-Informed [PA Governor Tom Wolf Press Release]

July 27, 2020 As a companion to Governor Tom Wolf’s multi-agency effort and anti-stigma initiative, Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, the Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR) is releasing the “Trauma-Informed PA” plan to guide the commonwealth and service providers statewide on what it means to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in PA. This plan is the result of four months of work from OAR and the Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank, formed in February. The think tank was made up of...
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Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Community Network, first to join ACEs Cooperative of Communities, shows what it means to ROCK!

In 2012, Greater Richmond SCAN and five other community partners hatched a one-year plan to educate the Richmond, Virginia, community about ACEs science and to embed trauma-informed practices. Eight years later, the original group has evolved into the Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network (GRTICN) with 495 people and 170 organizations. And they're just scratching the surface.
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Hope and Progress, No Matter What! — an ACEs Connection/Cambia Health Foundation “Better Normal”, Oct. 22, 2020

The election is upon us. In two short weeks, we voters in this country decide who will lead us for the next four years. We have the opportunity to embrace — as a national priority — the tenets of understanding, nurturing and healing that underlie the science of adverse childhood experiences and move in a direction that embraces cultural and racial equity and anti-racism. Or not. What is clear is that no matter what, the ACEs movement will continue.
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Supporting Mental Well-Being through Child Care Settings - 9/30, 1:30-3:00 ET

Jesse Maxwell Kohler ·
A webinar offered by the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) Thursday, September 30, 1:30 - 3:00 pm EDT Register today . Addressing the mental health needs of child care providers and children in care is vital in the face of the pandemic, a population-level traumatic event. CTIPP is offering a "plug and play" framework to ease the process of developing a continuum of training, reflective coaching, and consultation to build the capacity for supporting relational health...
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