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Summer 2016






Resources on Toxic Stress
Learning How Communities Can Respond
Center on the Developing Child
Harvard University

Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy child development. 

Extensive research on the biology of stress now shows that healthy development can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body and brain. 

Learn key concepts on toxic stress, healthy response systems and how a n "environment of relationships" is crucial for the development of a child's  brain architecture , which lays the foundation for later outcomes such as academic performance, mental health, and interpersonal skills.

This site includes a video library that addresses many of these key concepts and ways communities can support children and families.
Center for the Study of Social Policy

In recent years, important attention has been paid to the concept of toxic stress and its impact on child development. 

As scientific understanding of toxic stress grows, communities across the country are finding ways to prevent and respond to toxic stress in the lives of community members, particularly young children and their families. 

Six such communities are working together in the  EC-LINC Learning Lab on Community Responses to Toxic Stress, facilitated by our national partner, the Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Building on the widely used definition of toxic stress from the Harvard Center for the Developing Child (see above), the Learning Lab has worked to define what toxic stress is, why it is of concern and how communities can respond.

The result is an issue brief:  T oxic Stress - Working Toward Well-Being Community Approaches to Toxic Stress which can be accessed  here.

Also available is the one-page document:  Defining Toxic Stress From a Community Perspective.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Infographic: The Truth About ACEs

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is part of a growing network of leaders working to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the need to develop effective innovative interventions. Learn more about ACEs and share the infographic with others.

Want to learn more about ACEs?  Visit Robert Wood Foundation's  website at:

    Save the Date!
GA Alliance to End Homelessness
2016 State Conference and Award Ceremony 
Homelessness: Outside the Box 

September 14-16, 2016
Savannah Marriott Riverfront

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
Child Abuse Conference
From Intervention to Prevention

September 15, 2016 
Atlanta Marriott Century Center

Georgia Association on Young Children
Together for Children Conference

September 23-24, 2016 
Gwinnett Technical College

Family Connection Partnership
25th Anniversary Conference

October 12-14, 2016 
Jekyll Island Convention Center


Funding Information


"This project was supported in part by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services (DHS-DFCS) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590).  Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the DHS-DFCS or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590)."

For more information on Strengthening Families Georgia contact Jeanette Meyer, Strengthening Families Georgia 
Statewide Coordinator:
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