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Adverse Childhood Experiences


Adverse Childhood Experiences, more commonly known as ACEs, are stressful or traumatic events experienced during childhood.  Research shows these events impact brain development, and are related to health problems throughout the lifespan.

Protocols and Training Guidance Available

In 2018, the Iowa Legislature passed Senate File 2113 requiring protocols and school employee training relating to suicide prevention and postvention, identification of adverse childhood experiences, and strategies to mitigate toxic stress response. The requirements of Senate File 2113, Iowa Code 279.70 and Iowa Administrative Code 281-14.4 apply to all public school districts in Iowa. The school district’s board must require annual training by July 1, 2019. The trainings do not have to occur until after July 1, 2019, and must be provided annually. School districts have the authority to select the evidence-based, evidence-supported training that best meets the needs of their district.

Guidance for protocols and training for suicide prevention and postvention, adverse childhood experiences identification and strategies to mitigate toxic stress response

ACEs Resources and Information

Adverse Childhood Experiences - Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Iowa ACEs 360

Resources and Information - The Impact of Early Experiences on Brain Development

The Brain Story

Building Better Brains

Brain Architecture

The Developing Child Harvard University