The Anne Laukaitis Champion for Children Award is in honor of Anne’s distinguished Smart Start leadership and her long career dedicated to the service of young children and families in Cabarrus County. This award will be given annually to an exceptional individual at the local level who is devoted to public service and whose leadership qualities have resulted in significant change for the betterment of young children, families, and communities.
Exciting news! Registration for Cabarrus County's Imagination Library program will continue through June 30, 2019!
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library mails free, high-quality books to registered children in Cabarrus County from birth to age 5. The entire program is free to families, with no shipping or hidden fees. After your child is enrolled, they will receive their first book - "The Little Engine that Could" - in about 8 weeks, and a new book every month after that.
Safe disposal of medications can help save lives! Help keep our community safe by safely disposing unused and expired medications at one of our local drop boxes. Medicine drop boxes are an anonymous and secure way to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications.
Earlier this year, Aurora Swain of Families First in Cabarrus County pitched her nonprofit’s innovative ideas to an audience of over 900 people during Social Venture Partners’ SEED20 OnStage. Aurora’s supporters filled up the front row of Knight Theater to cheer her on as she represented Families First and the families she helps every day.
“I will never forget the first day when parents struggled to sign their names and even hold a pen,” Aurora said during her pitch. “You see, in Latin American countries education is not mandatory like in the USA. Obviously they couldn’t read or write. We resolved the problem by opening a school for adults, Monday – Saturday. I promise there is nothing more inspirational than this, seeing the power and freedom adults gain when learning how to read and write. We are educating the whole family.
What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?
Traumatic childhood experiences such as abuse, neglect, witnessing experiences such as crime, parental conflict, mental illness, and substance abuse can create dangerous levels of stress and effect healthy brain development in children – resulting in long term effects on learning, behavior, and health.
What is Resilience?
Resilience is the ability to thrive, adapt and cope despite tough and stressful times. The more resilient a child is, the more likely they are to deal with negative situations in a healthy way that won’t have prolonged and unfavorable outcomes. Resilience is not an innate characteristic, but rather a skill that can be taught, learned and practiced. Everybody has the ability to become resilient when surrounded by the right environments and people.
Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. TOXIC STRESS can trigger hormones that causes problems with the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk no segment of society is immune.
Learn more about resilience and adverse childhood experiences by downloading the following resources:
- Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope (Documentary)
- The Facilitator's Guide to Resilience
- What's My ACE Score?
- What's My Resilience Score?
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
- 10 Tips to Raising a Resilient Child
- Trauma Focused Services in Cabarrus County
- Family Programs to Support Mental Health of Children Birth to Five
- Medication Drop Boxes