Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experience or ACEs are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life. These events can include physical or sexual abuse, neglect, household dysfunction or even witnessing violence. Science has shown that these types of events have a direct impact on children’s developing brains which can have negative health and well-being outcomes as an adult, including everything from diabetes and cancer to opioid abuse and suicide. By learning more about ACEs and bringing that knowledge into our work with the community we can help invent wise actions that address childhood adversity across all sectors, thereby reducing the risk for poor health and social outcomes in adulthood.


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Maryland ACEs Initiative–public-training/ace-initiative/

Maryland ACE Interface Training Cohort

To request an ACE Interface Presentation

Maryland ACEs Action (ACEs Connection Community Page)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Maryland: Data from the 2015 Maryland BRFSS

General ACEs Resources

  • CDC Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

  • ACEs Connection

  • ACES Too High

  • ACEs Primer – bonus content from Resilience (running time 4:59m)

  • Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

  • Paper Tigers: One High School’s Unlikely Success Story

  • #OneCaringAdult

  • Blackburn with Darwen Council – Adverse Childhood Experiences (running time 5:43m)

  • How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris TEDTalk (running time 16:02m)

  • Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change | Harvard Center on the Developing Child (running time 5:18m)

  • Got Your ACE Score?

  • Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn’t Mean

  • Treating Childhood Trauma

Oprah Winfrey reports on how trauma plays a role in childhood development and what new methods are being used to help kids who have experienced it

  • The Pair of ACEs

Adverse Community Environments

  • Handle With Care Program

  • Relationships That Heal: Building a Community to Combat Childhood Trauma talks about how parents and educators can identify signs of trauma in children and how some ACEs have lasting effects on those children; also features infographics that shows the percent of children in the U.S. that have experienced an ACE and another that shows the percent of children by state who have experienced at least one ACE.