PDG B-5 AR - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
The Division of Childcare and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) is pleased to announce the PDG B-5 grant award that will allow us to further the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) work in Arkansas.
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are a health epidemic in Arkansas affecting our B-5 population at an alarming rate. In Arkansas, 1 in 7 children experience 3 or more ACEs compared to the national average of 1 and 10. This is a crucial time in a child’s life and the importance of high quality early childhood care can change the trajectory of a child’s life benefiting them well beyond childhood and ultimately can be an indicator for their overall life expectancy. Our state is driven to act. We must protect our most vulnerable population early to prevent the further generational perpetuation of adverse childhood experiences in Arkansas.
Through this grant we will work to educate individuals at the professional and community level on understanding trauma including the long-term health outcomes of those who experience prolonged toxic stress. Our focus is to streamline the ACEs work in Arkansas by engaging stakeholders, collaborating with partners, and examining existing programs to ensure children have the best start in life. The DCCECE is committed through maximizing parental choice and knowledge, sharing best practices, and improving overall quality as it relates to ACEs and trauma informed care in early childhood.
We are excited to assist in furthering the work others have done around addressing ACEs in Arkansas. Together with our partners we will work to create a paradigm shift across the state for how we work with children. Through this grant we will work to ensure that all Arkansans are trauma informed in their interactions with children.
To view the grant, click here.