A Critical Period for Intervention
You May be Asking...Why Focus on Young Children?
Childhood trauma is not something that you just get over as you grow up. Repeated stress of abuse, neglect, and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, concrete effects on the developing brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who have experienced high levels of trauma not only develop mental health concerns, they higher risk for physical health issues including heart disease and lung cancer.
The Science Behind Our Mission. The period from birth to 5 years of age is a time of enormous potential. Development during this stage of life is rapid, dynamic, and extremely sensitive to input from the child's environment. Our knowledge of brain development has increased our appreciation of this time as one where fundamental predispositions, for better and worse, become established. These patterns can create trajectories of subsequent development that become increasingly resistant to change as children enter school-age, adolescence, and adulthood. Therefore, the infant-and-toddler period is increasingly seen as the time during which opportunities to help set children on a path to flourish are greatest. To do this, we need your support.
At the Center for Child Counseling, we are committed to working with our community partners to equal the odds for young children impacted by toxic stress, including exposure to violence, trauma, and abuse. We know that toxic stress early in life impacts brain development and health throughout the lifespan, without early and effective intervention. Research clearly shows that if we want to be effective, we have to start at the beginning. This work has been the foundation of our mission since 1999. As Palm Beach County's leading experts in early childhood mental health, we provide interventions that have been proven to work.
Join us in our mission to support the youngest, most vulnerable citizens in our community today.
Ways to Give Today
- Visit our Donate Online page for giving options, including designation of funds and tribute gifts. Credit card donations may also be called in at 561-244-9499.
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Corporate Matching Gifts
You can double or even triple the value of your contribution by taking advantage of your employer's matching gifts program. Consult your personnel office to get specific details and obtain a matching gift form.
Planed Giving and Bequests
You can help the Center for Child Counseling continue our mission of supporting the youngest, most vulnerable children in our community through planned giving and bequests.
For the Center for Child Counseling, a charitable bequest is the easiest and best way to make a gift. By means of your will or other estate plan, you can name the Center for Child Counseling as the beneficiary of a portion of your estate. A bequest allows you to honor a loved one while providing critical support to young children in our community.