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Resilient from the Start

Research shows that children’s experiences in their first three years have a significant impact on their long-term health and wellbeing. To ensure that 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.

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.

80%

of brain development happens by age 3, in which time the brain is especially sensitive to external stimuli

>50%

of Minnesota adults report at least one adverse experience in their childhood

12,000

3-year-olds in the Twin Cities have been exposed to one or more adverse experiences

$17,450

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, Executive Director, Centro Tyrone Guzman, 80×3 Partner

Our Impact

Why 80×3 Matters for Children and Communities

Greater Twin Cities United Way Grants $1.2M to Help Region’s Littlest Learners

Buffering Childhood Trauma as a Community

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Learn how you can support programs like 80×3 and other innovative solutions that fuel lasting change.

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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