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 “Early experiences with caregivers can work as protective forces even in the face of overwhelming trauma.” -Alicia Lieberman

The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation. Early environments matter and nurturing relationships are essential. Stable and nurturing caregiver-child relationships are the cornerstone of emotional well-being and the foundation for language and development. When young children live in environments with high levels of stress, the children experience “toxic stress” that damages their young, developing brains.

Not all children grow from infancy to adolescence without some bumps along the way. Every child is unique and special, and sometimes they encounter emotions, feelings, or behavior that cause problems in their lives and the lives of those around them. Parents are usually the first to recognize that their child is struggling. There is help and hope.


Child Health and Development Institute

United Way

Connecticut Department of Children and Families

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

American Academy of Pediatrics