Try the support network, and if you can't find your answer there, contact one of the ACEsConnection community managers: Elizabeth Prewitt, Alicia St. Andrews, Jesus Gaeta or Jane Stevens. We'll also be adding more info to the "Tips for Getting Around on ACEs Connection", below.
December 5, 2014
December 8, 2014
At Lemberg Children's Center at Brandies Unv. in Waltham MA.
All day
Lemberg Children's Center, at Brandeis University, Waltham MA
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
December 9, 2014
At Lemberg Children's Center at Brandies Unv. in Waltham MA.
All day
December 12, 2014

pepsiad_wide-675aa1395e77d794ac9a80167f5909cfb6fa2435-s1000-c85 (1)


While beverage companies have cut their marketing of unhealthy drinks to children on TV and websites overall, they have ramped up marketing to black and Latino kids and teens, who have higher rates of obesity than white youth, a study finds.

The report, released Wednesday by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, updates a 2011 report on the nutritional content of sugar-sweetened drinks including sodas, fruit drinks, flavored waters, sports drinks and iced teas.

It shows how 23 different beverage companies market these drinks to kids through an analysis of advertising spending, as well as kids' exposure to advertising on TV, websites, social media and mobile apps.

Among the most startling findings: Black children and teens saw more than twice as many ads for sugary drinks and energy drinks on TV compared with white children and teens in 2013. That gap has increased since 2010 because in those three years, advertising to white youth declined faster than advertising to black youth.


[For more of this story, written by Eliza Barclay, go to]




A lot of us make the assumption that there are two kinds of drinkers: moderate drinkers who have a glass of wine with dinner, and on the other end of the spectrum, alcoholics.

But this is not an accurate picture, according to researchers.

"The reality of the situation is that most adults who drink, they're drinking maybe a couple drinks during week and then typically drinking [larger] amounts on weekends," says Robert Brewer, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and co-author of a new study published in Preventing Chronic Disease.


[For more of this story, written by Allison Aubrey, go to]




Right now, at preschool programs around the country, teachers are tapping infinite reserves of patience to keep the peace among children at various stages of development and need. They're also providing meals, wiping noses and delivering a curriculum in math and reading that will get the kids ready for school.

And there are hugs. Lots of hugs.

A working parent like me would say these services are priceless. But according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, the economy values them between $8.63 and $20.99 per hour.

That wide range depends largely on location and classification. Child care workers, who are more likely to work with younger children and in homes, have seen their real wages drop by a penny an hour compared with 1989, when this study was first conducted — from an average of $8.63 in West Virginia to $12.47 in Massachusetts. Preschool workers, who are more likely to work with older children in licensed centers and in publicly funded, school-based programs, earn more — from $11.57 an hour in Delaware to $20.99 in New York City.


[For more of this story, written by Anya Kamenetz, go to]




As efforts increase around the nation to combat campus sexual assault, one aspect of prevention seems to confound schools the most: how to warn students about staying safe — without sounding like they're blaming the victim.

The latest public awareness campaign from the White House focuses on bystanders. A slick new PSA urges students to step in when they see someone who might be in trouble. It follows other efforts aimed at potential perpetrators, to make sure they understand what counts as consent.

But when it comes to raising awareness among potential victims, figuring out what to say is a lot more complicated.

"It's a tough line to tread because the blame should still be on the perpetrator, but you also want to protect these people," sighs Larkin Sayre, a sophomore and student activist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She's working a booth at the school as part of the "It's on Us" campaign.


[For more of this story, written by Tovia Smith, go to]


The rich are all alike, to revise Tolstoy’s famous words, but the poor are poor in their own particular ways. 

Any reasonably intelligent reader could blow that generalization apart in the time it takes to write it. But as with most generalizations, a truth lies behind it. Ultimately, what binds the rich together is that they have more money, lots more. For one reason or another, the poor don’t have enough of it. But poverty doesn’t bind the poor together as much as wealth and the need to protect it bind the rich. If it did, we would hear the rattle of tumbrels in the streets. One hears mutterings, but the chains have not yet been shed.

I have some personal experience here. Like a lot of other people, I started life comfortably middle-class, maybe upper-middle class; now, like a lot of other people walking the streets of America today, I am poor. To put it directly, I have no money. Does this embarrass me? Of course, it embarrasses me—and a lot of other things as well. It’s humiliating to be poor, to be dependent on the kindness of family and friends and government subsidies. But it sure is an education.

Social classes are relative and definitions vary, but if money defines class, the sociologists would say I was not among the wretched of the earth but probably at the higher end of the lower classes. I’m not working class because I don’t have what most people consider a job. I’m a writer, although I don’t grind out the words the way I once did. Which is one reason I’m poor.


[For more of this story, written by William McPherson, go to]

I was wondering if there is any qualitative studies on ACES
Hello I am interested in Resillience and ACE. Does anybody know of any good research on Resilience and ACES?   Thanks,   Jeff
Hello everyone on ACEs.  I have been asked to give a presentation by our CAC on ACES and how CAC's can incorporate the ACEs data.  Thus, I am asking for Ideas from everyone on ACEs on ways that your local CAC's are incorporating ACEs....
UPDATE ON MICHELLE   At school, Michelle is at the top of her class academically.  However, she has started hanging out with an older group of kids and started experimenting with different drugs and drinking on the weekends.  She...
UPDATE ON MICHELLE   A few weeks ago, her mother’s boyfriend attempted to rape Michelle.  She fought back and, in the struggle, he broke her wrist.  Her mother’s boyfriend waited until her mother came home to take Michelle...
Samantha Sangenito posted a new blog entry.