2024 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Campaign: Prevention, Intervention, and Mitigation

CCPTA is calling for the County and APS to:

Prevent childhood adversity by 1) conducting a public education campaign engaging parents of children under three years, 2) aligning child supervision policies in summer camps, extended day, and after school programs with best practices that prevent child abuse (even after employees pass background checks), and 3) providing training to other community organizations to align their child supervision policies with best practices. Learn more.

Intervene to stop harm by 1) equipping middle and high schoolers to understand their own ACEs and ACE-Associated Health Conditions, such as through expansion of the Healthy Relationships Task Force, and 2) develop additional physical community space for teens to be that is free, safe, and accessible -- beyond business hours.  Learn more.

Mitigate past harm by 1) following best practices to handle reports of abuse or bullying, including by staff, and 2) developing a toolkit for children to develop healthy coping strategies because there are not enough trained professionals available to meet the current needs.  Learn more.

Measure the impact of the campaign by determining upfront what indicators will be tracked, and what goals we are aiming for. Learn more.

Register for Arlington Unites, May 18, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

CCPTA Accomplishments:

News Coverage:

2023 Call to Action: Student Substance Abuse and Mental Health 

sponsored by the Arlington CCPTA, Wakefield PTSA, Washington-Liberty PTA, and Yorktown PTA

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Panelists for our March 13, 2023 event included psychotherapists, and representatives from the Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, the Commonwealth's Attorney, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Arlington County Police Department, the Arlington County Fire Department, Inova Behavioral Health Service for Children and Families, National Capital Treatment & Recovery, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Parent Support Group.