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.
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
Total costs for Frederick County of fatal & non-fatal child abuse $45.4 Million
Someone Being Incarcerated
Living in a Single Parent Household
Benefits of Early Childhood Support
Increased Life Expectancy
Increased Work Attendance & Productivity
Reduction in Health Costs
Less Likely to Use Illegal Drugs
High quality child care
Early childhood home visitations
Teach parenting skills to new parents
Offer evidence-based treatment
Income support for families
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Available 24 hours everyday): Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat online
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.
We know that ACEs are incredibly impactful in the life of a child. Together with our partners, we are committed to ending the adversities children at risk face. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved, please contact Pilar Olivo at POlivo@FrederickCountyMD.gov. For more information on the Local Health Improvement Plan for Frederick County and the ACEs Workgroup click here. To learn more information about the Interagency Early Childhood Committee (IECC) click here