Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Lifelong Consequences of Trauma ACEs: Adverse Childhood experiences On this page we will collate information we find about ACEs which is a relatively new scientific concept impacting early childhood and our work. The focus of this review was to identify evidence around ACEs and trauma-informed approaches to education and how ACEs can impact educational outcomes. And reversely, education is among the most important factors to help mitigate the negative impact of childhood adversity on a life. A landmark study in the 1990s found a significant relationship between the number of ACEs a person experienced and a variety of negative outcomes in adulthood, including poor physical and mental health, substance abuse, and risky behaviors. Toxic stress brought on by complex trauma can harm the developing brain of a child, which may in turn contribute to behavioral and academic problems by the time a child reaches school age. This evidence summary seeks to address the following questions relating to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and interventions within the education system: experiences (ACEs) can contribute significantly to negative adult physical and mental health outcomes and affect more than 60% of adults.1,2 This continues to be reaffirmed with more recent studies. The more we find out about ACEs, the more we can apply it in our practice. In turn, ACEs have been linked to low grade performance, special education, suspension, and expulsion (Balfanz and Fox, 2012). On a societal level, ACEs cost hundreds of billions of dollars each year in economic and social costs. The more ACEs a child experiences, the higher their risk of negative outcomes. Among the 9,959 participants (49.5% female) included in analysis of educational outcomes, 84% reported at least one ACE, 24% reported 4 or more ACEs, and 54.5% received 5 or more General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSEs) at grade C or above, including English and Maths. Additionally, in a widespread and renowned study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found that students who had endured 3 or more ACEs were 2.5 times more likely to fail a grade. Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence pdf icon [4 MB, 40 Pages] This is a resource to help states and communities leverage the best available evidence to prevent ACEs from happening in the first place as well as lessen harms when ACEs do occur. Health studies have shown that U.S. adults who faced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are likely to report less education, as ACEs cause negative social and behavioral outcomes. 1 The more ACEs experienced, the greater the risk for these outcomes. ACEs in Education.