Resources for Early Childhood Development
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What happens to children and neighborhoods shaken by trauma and toxic stress? What does it take to heal?
Wounded Places chronicles the stories of children shaken by violence and adversity and asks not “What's wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?"
When the ACE survey included questions about racism, safety and violence, researchers discovered that 37% of Philadelphians reported four or more ACEs.
In 2012, in Connecticut alone, almost 2,000 children 6 years and under—overwhelmingly black and Latino—were suspended from kindergarten and preschool.
Children who experience violence, neglect, hunger, housing insecurity, abuse and other serious trauma in their early years may experience PTSD-like symptoms, which makes healthy learning and development all that more challenging.
We know that people who’ve suffered trauma are often left not only with physical but also psychological injuries.
Many children in our society feel like a truck is coming at them all day long, for more days than not, and this really takes a toll.
Children don't need to be injured to be hurt. Chronic stress, adversity and trauma can hurt them just as much.
Healing the hurt of young people begins with asking not, “What’s wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?”