Anna, Age Eight

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Big Idea #2: Addressing Our Students' Trauma

Every student should have the opportunity to learn and succeed. But adverse childhood experiences — or ACEs — get in the way of this goal.

There are ten ACEs that include physical and emotional neglect; physical, emotional and sexual abuse; and living in households where adults misuse substances, have mental health challenges, are violent to partners, parents are separated, or a family member is incarcerated.

ACEs can impact students’ capacity to learn, leading to poor academic achievement and high rates of drop out.

In some classrooms, as many as half our students endure three or more ACEs. Instead of thinking about math, many of our students live with trauma. They worry about what may happen in their home as their family members struggle to create a safe household.

It’s time for new strategies that will lead to real solutions.

We can end ACEs to ensure healthy families and successful students.

To accomplish this, we propose establishing the Anna, Age Eight Institute guided by the book Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment.

The Institute will focus on strengthening community systems and lifelong learning to create:

  • Safe Childhoods
  • Successful Students
  • Resilient Families
  • Productive Employees
  • Healthy Communities

Join us in this groundbreaking work developing a first-of-its kind center devoted exclusively to family safety and success.

The Anna, Age Eight Institute
for the Data-Driven Prevention of
Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment

Serving all New Mexico
A proposal by Northern New Mexico College

Contact Us

For questions or to help establish the Anna, Age Eight Institute, please email Dominic Cappello at dom@safetyandsuccess.org.

The Book

book coverThe Anna, Age Eight Institute is guided by the strategies presented in the book Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello. You can download the book free-of-charge here: www.AnnaAgeEight.org.