More than half of Colorado children experience at least one adverse childhood experience

Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: February 16, 2018

A brief released by Child Trends analyzes data from the National Survey of Children’s Health and reveals that 55 percent of Colorado children have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), and roughly one in nine have experienced three or more ACEs, putting them in a category of especially high risk. In the Mountain region of the U.S., black and Hispanic children were more likely than white children to have experienced two or more ACEs.

A growing body of research shows Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are a critical public health issue. ACEs are potentially traumatic experiences and events, ranging from abuse and neglect to living with an adult with a mental illness. They can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being in childhood or later in life.

The data showed that the most prevalent ACEs, affecting 50 percent of children in Colorado, were experiences when families had challenges with affording food or housing, and a parent or guardian being divorced or separated. The brief focused on six additional ACEs impacting kids under 18 in nine different geographic regions.

The report also highlights several policy recommendations from states and concludes that solutions are complex and multi-faceted. Read the full research brief here.


Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

About Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

Stephanie works as a Policy Analyst for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, she worked as a Public Policy Fellow at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado – where she found her love and passion for policy work. Before diving into the policy world, Stephanie served as a Teach for America Corps Member in South Carolina, teaching high school and middle school math. Early on while obtaining her degree in Marketing from Florida International University, she worked in health care as a Patient Advocate and Unit Secretary. When she is not working, you can typically find her at a coffee shop, hanging out with friends, or engaging in some type of outdoor activity.