We are learning more and more of the detrimental effect that prolonged exposure to negative experiences in formative years has on young developing minds. Left unchecked, this “toxic stress” can affect the proper development of basic skills, behaviors and physical and mental health that will affect them throughout their lives. As a result, they are more susceptible to continuing the cycle of abuse, addiction or homelessness that had affected their lives as children. The solution is early intervention!
At CCS we strive to provide that solution. As Calgary’s only Crisis Nursery, we operate 24/7/365 and provide a safe haven and crisis or respite care for children, newborn to eight years old. Last year, in this program alone, over 1520 children were guests of the cottage while their parent(s) tried to resolve their problems, or simply to take the time away to ensure that their children are not at risk. We believe that asking for help is a sign of strength and we aim to work collaboratively with local agencies to ensure families are provided with the best services and resources to meet their individual needs.
This month's issue is a great read for parents and caregivers with several articles and tips to help your children grow up happy and healthy. Stories on the affect of "toxic stress" on little ones, and the lack of meaningful connection as they develop will impress the need to ensure early intervention for children who are at risk.
If you are interested in learning more, or perhaps wish to lend your support, please donate online or call 403 283-4200 ext 221 today!