30 People Can End ACEs in Your County. Why Aren’t They?

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No, we don’t need the president nor congress.

We do need the following people in your county to stop business as usual and focus on preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

  • City mayors
  • City counselors
  • County commissioners
  • School board members

These local elected leaders—many of them your neighbors and colleagues—have the capacity to collectively understand the emotional and financial costs of ACEs and trauma. We can’t have family-friendly cities and counties while we live in an epidemic of childhood trauma that’s hiding in plain sight.

We have the data, research, technology and collaborative strategies to achieve collective innovation in each county—and create and strengthen the services shown to prevent ACEs, strengthen families and improve student achievement. We know exactly which policies and programs each school needs to keep students with ACEs from being marginalized and told to suffer in silence through the day.

We need our local elected officials to go from saying this, “Well, preventing ACEs is not really what we are set up to do with your tax dollars,” to, “Our priority will now be the safety, health and education of every child—all while ensuring the city, county and schools do a great job serving all residents.”

Yes, it requires reimagining how city hall works—in partnership with county and school leadership. It means being data-driven and cross-sector. It means reaching across departments and agencies. It means the public sector reaching out to the private sector. It means transparency. . .

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