Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back to your own community. It is held on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and this year on December 3rd we are asking if you will help make an IMPACT by supporting the important work we do.

Our 2019 conference focused on facilitating conversation about trauma-informed care, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and building resilience. In Arkansas, about 60 percent of children have experienced at least one ACE. The national average is 45 percent. A child’s brain is 90% fully formed by the age of five. We need to have an early childhood workforce who is equipped with the latest research, strategies and skills to help children where they are in their developmental journey right now.

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A large number of children in Arkansas have experienced life-altering trauma, according to a survey reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So large in fact, Arkansas is now ranked number one in the United States for having the highest rate of childhood trauma (as of November 2019).

This is why your donations now matter more than ever.

Take a look at what some educators in Arkansas had to say about REAL children they stand for…

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the child who is afraid to go home every night as his home is not a safe place to be.

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a four-year-old girl who escapes her house to get food.

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the three-year-old boy who misses his father who died by suicide.

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a two-year-old boy who was physically abused.

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the five-year-old girl who was taken into care and lost everything she knew as her normal.

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the three-year-old whose mom, dad and grandparents are all incarcerated.

The stories above are hard to read. But they are even harder for the children who are living it every single day. There is however hope – our attendees at conference left with more tools that equip them to make an IMPACT on children and families all across Arkansas. YOUR donations help us to give them the support they need.

Now, take another look at what else amazing educators in Arkansas are taking a stand for…

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every child that needs that ONE person who cares for them – no matter what.

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a boy who felt like he was nothing but now knows he is something to me.

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the four-year-old girl that others labeled as “bad” and gave up on. I will never give up on her!

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the right of every child to come to my classroom and feel safe, happy and loved.

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all the children who need to know they are capable of anything – don’t give up!

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the right for children to express themselves without fear of abuse. You can be yourself when you’re with me.

Will you stand for AECA today? It’s easy to donate – just click this button to complete an online payment.

emember to tell us who you stand for and share your story over on our Facebook page.

You can also add this great frame to your Facebook Profile picture – just search for “I Stand For AECA” and remember to use the hashtag #ISTANDFORAECA when you share on social media. Thank you!


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