December 2019
A large-scale movement is changing the way we think about health and illness, human suffering and strength. Studies on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) show us that adversity and trauma early in life cause a multitude of physical, emotional, and social problems later in life. 
These life problems are not destined and childhood trauma does not have to dictate a life story. Research shows that protective factors and resilience lessen the impact of childhood adversity, suffering, and stress. 
Resilience grows through positive experiences, caring environments, and the help of supportive individuals. Together, as a community, we can build and nurture resilience in others of any age.
How Toxic Stress Affects Us, 
and What We Can Do About It

How Toxic Stress Affects Us, and What We Can Do About It
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Upcoming Pottawattamie County Meetings

Prevent Child Abuse Committee
Date: December 18 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location:  Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Planning Meeting of Youth & Families Committee and Children, Youth, & Families Committee
Date: December 19 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:  Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Promise Partners Governance Board
Date: January 22 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Location: Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Meeting notes and agendas posted at www.promisepartners.org.
Three Principles to Improve Outcomes for 
Children and Families
Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University 

Recent advances in the science of brain development offer us an unprecedented opportunity to solve some of society's most challenging problems, from widening disparities in school achievement and economic productivity to costly health problems across the lifespan. Understanding how the experiences children have starting at birth, even prenatally, affect lifelong outcomes - combines with new knowledge about the core capabilities adults need to thrive as parents and in the workplace - provides a strong foundation upon which policymakers and civic leaders can design a shared and more effective agenda. 
The science of child development and the core capabilities of child development and the core capabilities of adults point to a set of "design principles" that policymakers and practitioners in many different sectors can use to improve outcomes for children and families.

Reading with Kids Could Help Curb Negative Behavior and Points to 'Less Harsh Parenting': Study
People, May 2019

A new study is suggesting reading  early on may be associated with gentler parenting and have a positive impact on juvenile behavior.
The results, published in th Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics , came after researchers investigated 2,165 mother-child pairs and discovered that reading together at ages 1 and 3 were associated with "less harsh parenting" later, at ages 3 and 5, respectively.
Additionally, when interviewed at a later date, the mothers who read with their children more often reported fewer "disruptive behaviors" than their counterparts.
"These findings suggest that shared reading contributes to an important aspect of the parent-child relationship and that some of the association operates through enhanced child behaviors," the study notes.
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The Number of Uninsured Children is on the Rise
Geogetown University Health Policy Institute, October 2019 
For many years, the nation has been on a positive trajectory reducing the number and rate of uninsured children. Having health insurance is important for children as they are more likely to receive needed services, have better educational outcomes, and their family is protected from the financial risks associated with being uninsured-even for a short period of time. Recently released data show that this progress is now in jeopardy. For the second year in a row, the uninsured rate and number of uninsured children moved in the wrong direction.1 This is unprecedented since comparable data began to be collected in 2008.

Jean Bohnker, FAMILY, Inc.
Jean Bohnker has been recognized with Nestle's Treasures.  Jean is a treasure in the community; we are lucky to have learned from the best. We treasure the work you do!
Quick Links
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
America's Promise

Education is Everyone's Business Luncheon
December 11, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

PTSD Education & S.A.V.E. Training
December 11, 
January 8, February 1
Omaha, NE

Compassion Fatigue & Self-Care
December 19, 2019
Omaha, NE

C3 De-escalation 
January 15, 2020
Council Bluffs, IA

Suicide Prevention Through Identification, Assessment and Intervention
January 23, 2020
Council Bluffs, IA

Child Abuse Prevention Conference 
May 4-5, 2020
Ankeny, IA
Coming Up:
December 6, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Gingerbread Houses
December 7, 2019
Oakland, IA

Winter West
December 7, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Lunch & Learn
December 13, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Christmas Celebration
December 14, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Mobile Food Pantry
December 16 & 17, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Community - Wide Christmas Celebration & Give-A-Way
December 17, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

National Homeless Persons Memorial Day
December 20, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

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