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Trauma-Informed Care for Minnesota's Littlest Learners

80x3: Resilent from the Start

Children’s experiences in their first three years have a significant impact on their long-term health and wellbeing. To ensure every child in our state has high-quality care in this critical stage, 80×3 works with early child care centers to train educators in trauma-sensitive caregiving, support the recruitment and retention of child care professionals and build new capacity to support families with parent education and systems navigation.

80x3's Impact in Action

An Opportunity for Healing

Trauma-sensitive care can improve children’s executive functioning and emotional regulation, help them form secure attachments, and lay the foundation for a healthy and successful future. 80×3 partners with early childhood caregivers to create new trauma-sensitive and healing-centered supports for children and families in those vital first three years.
of brain development happens by age 3, in which time the brain is especially sensitive to external stimuli
of Minnesota adults report at least one adverse experience in their childhood
3-year-olds in the Twin Cities have been exposed to one or more adverse experiences
in yearly medical costs per child can be saved through early prevention/mitigation of adverse childhood experiences

“We need trauma-informed care to provide the best education for our youngest learners — education that not only is academic, but also cares for their mental health and their spirit.”

– Roxana Linares, Former Executive Director, Centro Tyrone Guzman, 80×3 Partner

Our Impact

Why 80x3 Matters for Children and Communities

Children exposed to traumatic life events without the buffering, positive support of a caring adult are at significant risk of experiencing negative outcomes across multiple areas of development.

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Greater Twin Cities United Way Grants $1.2M to Littlest Learners

“For every child to succeed, it is so important they receive high-quality care in safe, nurturing environments during those developmentally critical early years.”

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Buffering Childhood Trauma as a Community

Children facing the chronic stress of poverty are most likely to be exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that can manifest as trauma and alter brain development.
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Early Education Builds the Foundation for Children

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80×3 is just one part of the work Greater Twin Cities United Way does to develop innovative solutions to the challenges our communities face.
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