Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention Strategy

CDC’s comprehensive approach to preventing adverse childhood experiences uses multiple strategies derived from the best available evidence. Outlined in the prevention resource tool, Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence, these strategies focus on primary prevention but also include strategies to mitigate the long-term consequences of ACEs. The six strategies are: 1) strengthening economic supports for families (e.g., earned income tax credits, family-friendly work policies); 2) promoting social norms that protect against violence and adversity (e.g., public education campaigns to support parents and positive parenting, bystander approaches to support healthy relationship behaviors); 3) ensuring a strong start for children (e.g., early childhood home visitation, high quality and affordable child care, preschool enrichment programs); 4) enhancing skills to help parents and youths handle stress, manage emotions, and tackle everyday challenges (e.g., social emotional learning programs, safe dating and healthy relationship skill programs, parenting skill and family relationship approaches); 5) connecting youths to caring adults and activities (e.g., mentoring and after school programs); and 6) intervening to lessen immediate and long-term harms (e.g., through enhanced primary care to identify and address ACEs exposures with screening, referral, and support, victim-centered services, and advancement of trauma-informed care for children, youth, and adults with a history of exposure to ACEs).

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