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.


Learn the key terms: NEAR Science and ACEs

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


Key Concepts: Resilience (Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University)

Science tells us that some children develop resilience, or the ability to overcome serious hardship, while others do not. Understanding why is crucial. … More


Brains: Journey to Resilience (Palix Foundation)

A fun and informational video about resilience and why the impact of trauma varies. … More


First Impressions: Exposure to Violence and a Child’s Developing Brain

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


ACEs & Toxic Stress (Center for Youth Wellness)

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


ACEs Connection

An organized resource library for all things ACE related. … More


ACEs Science 101 (ACEs Too High)

An introduction to ACEs, with a plethora of additional resources. … More


Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime (TED talk)

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


Grandma’s Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes

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


Lick Your Rats (Genetic Science Learning Center)

This is just a fun one to start to explain epigenetics.  It is one that people remember! … More


“Epigenetics” Explained (Big Think)

Duke University Professor Randy Jirtle gives a definition of the emerging science of epigenetics. … More


Alberta Family Wellness Initiative

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) provides resources and science exploring the effect of early brain development on lifelong health and addiction. … More


Key Concepts – Science of Child Development (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University)

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