All Frederick County residents receive evidence-based preventive and continuing education for raising healthy children in safe, stable, nurturing environments.
An equitable community-wide system of trauma-informed care provides accessible evidence-based treatments from trained, knowledgeable and culturally literate specialists in adequate supply.
What are ACEs?
ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences that happen to us before age 18. If we have certain experiences as kids, they can impact our lives as adults in many different ways. Trauma happens when stress becomes overwhelming and toxic to a child’s growing brain, either from one serious event, or if stress is constant over time.
What are we doing?
Frederick County is invested in working to reduce ACEs. The 2016 Local Health Improvement Plan identified ACEs as a community priority and there is a work group focused on ACEs. For more information, please see the Local Health Improvement Process page and look for the ACEs Action Plan or most recent presentation.
Strong Roots Grow a Strong Workforce
Simply put, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on our health and the quality of our lives. ACEs can be prevented and we can have a workforce that is strong and vibrant in Frederick County, MD as a result.
Estimated Annual impacts of ACEs on Frederick County Productivity Loss: $28.6 Million Child Welfare Costs: $1.5 Million Criminal Justice Costs: $1.5 Million Special Education Costs: $1.6 Million Childhood Health Care Costs $6.5 Million
ACE Events Physical Abuse/Neglect Emotional Abuse/Neglect Sexual Abuse Household Violence Someone Being Incarcerated Living in a Single Parent Household Mental Illness
Benefits of Early Childhood Support Increased Life Expectancy Increased Work Attendance & Productivity Reduction in Health Costs Less Likely to Use Illegal Drugs
Solutions High quality child care Early childhood home visitations Offer evidence-based treatment Income support for families