Did You Know...

  • 1 in 7 children are reported as victims of abuse and neglect before age five.


  •  In 2014, approximately 1,546 children died as the result of abuse or neglect.


  • Young children are more likely than older children to be victims of child maltreatment.


  • 5% of California newborns are reported for maltreatment by age 1.


  • Negative interactions like stress and trauma can weaken and damage a child’s brain, hampering its ability to grow and function.


  • Chronic stress in a baby can literally stop the cells in her brain from growing and forming connections.


  • Recent research shows that early childhood trauma can play a serious role later in life.


  • SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age.

Prenatal and early childhood development has a lasting effect on a child’s brain and ability to learn, function, and grow.

80 percent of a child’s brain is developed by age 3.

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