Impact & Research

Working Today for a Better Tomorrow

Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers, as children’s experiences in the first five years of life can impact their lifelong healthy development. Early intervention in the form of research-based parent education, strong community networks, and empowering leadership development opportunities are proven strategies for interrupting intergenerational cycles of family violence, poverty, and dysfunction. There is a strong relationship between healthy families and healthy communities, and healthy communities are the backbone of healthy societies. When families in crisis do not have the resources to address hardship, it puts their children and their communities at risk.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are widely understood to be a source of many of the most pervasive societal challenges we face. ACEs are traumatic experiences that—particularly when they occur in the first five years of life—can have a profound impact on a child’s developing brain and body. A broad body of research links ACEs to lifelong chronic illness, mental illness, addiction, poverty, crime, housing insecurity, and intergenerational patterns of family violence. At the same time, Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) can make all the difference in a child’s lifelong outcomes. Heathy outcomes for children strengthen healthy outcomes for communities.

Lead4Tomorrow offers upstream, early intervention programs with proven efficacy in preventing and addressing ACEs and building on families’ strengths to empower them to nurture their children with positive childhood experiences. Our programs emphasize both positive parenting and empowered parenting through leadership development. This unique approach to change is the reason so many of our training participants go on to serve as peer leaders, program coordinators, community advocates.

Lead4Tomorrow programs are guided by the research-informed approach of the Protective Factors Framework as developed by Strengthening Families™

Research

Research shows that upstream investment in the healthy development of children from birth to age five yields high returns for society — today and tomorrow.