Adverse Childhood Experiences


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Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur before a child reaches the age of 18. Such experiences can interfere with a person’s health, opportunities and stability throughout his or her lifetime—and can even affect future generations. Some policymakers are interested in preventing adverse experiences, mitigating their effects and reducing the associated costs to state health care, education, child welfare and correctional systems. This webpage presents research and resources, as well as state strategies aimed at preventing and reducing the occurrence and negative consequences of ACEs.

Read the NCSL brief | Preventing and Mitigating the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

 Additional Resources

NCSL Resources

National Resources

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: