Mich. kids are going to school traumatized — and teachers lack training, resources to help

Former Free Press Columnist Rochelle Riley studied how trauma and toxic environments impact how children learn. She unravels this issue through the eyes of three children and their caregivers in Detroit, Romulus and Flint. And she offers some solutions to ensure that children are mentally prepared to learn. This special report was sponsored by a […]

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Harvard research: Impact of poverty begins in the womb, but it doesn’t have to

The dangers of fetal exposure to alcohol, drugs and lead are widely known by now. But researchers have found increasing evidence of another potential threat to babies in utero: toxic stress. And, more specifically, the kind that’s churned up in a mother who’s struggling to make ends meet. “People living in poverty are at much […]

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He’s changing the way Michigan teachers help children with trauma

On a sunny Michigan morning, Jim Henry and his team sit or stand in front of a two-way mirror, watching the reunification of a mother and the child she tried to kill. And it’s just Tuesday. Henry and his team spend their work days assessing damage. Not to cars or homes, but to kids. Each of these […]

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ACE Year End Updates: Part Two

My last blog focused on the transitions we are undertaking organizationally and strategically to best serve the current and future needs of the Michigan ACE Initiative. It is our hope that you will see the value of these changes in the very near term. As we end the year, it is also worthwhile to capture […]

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ACE Year End Updates: Part One

As the year rapidly comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the successes the Michigan ACE Initiative had in 2019 and looking forward to what the future holds in 2020 and beyond. I typically try to keep my blogs focused on a single issue or concern but there is a lot of updates […]

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