The NEAR@Home toolkit was developed as a self-study process and is being shared without cost or restrictions because we know many programs do not have the financial resources for in-person learning. Below are resources that will help further your understanding of NEAR and your use of the toolkit.
We are currently piloting an in-person learning process to meet the needs of programs that would prefer supported learning. This process is outlined in Steps for Learning NEAR@Home.
Stressful events that happen in our early years of development affect us in ways that last our entire lives. Science tells us that from our … More
Science tells us that some children develop resilience, or the ability to overcome serious hardship, while others do not. Understanding why is crucial. … More
A fun and informational video about resilience and why the impact of trauma varies. … More
14 minute video on the effect of domestic violence on the youngest children. It has the basic neuroscience, but it also dramatizes a few of … More
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress put children at higher risk for behavioral issues, health problems like asthma, diabetes and obesity, and learning difficulties. … More
An introduction to ACEs, with a plethora of additional resources. … More
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and … More
Holding infants – or not – can leave traces on their genes (Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia)
Children who had been more distressed as infants and had received less physical contact had a molecular profile that was underdeveloped for their age. … More
Your ancestors’ lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain. … More
This is just a fun one to start to explain epigenetics. It is one that people remember! … More
Duke University Professor Randy Jirtle gives a definition of the emerging science of epigenetics. … More
The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) provides resources and science exploring the effect of early brain development on lifelong health and addiction. … More
These key concepts are the scientific building blocks of the core story of child development. Reviews Brain Architecture, Toxic Stress, Resilience, Serve & Return and … More