2014 Champion of Children Report: Toxic Stress Threatens Success



our 2014 report focuses on another set of challenges and opportunities impacting children in Franklin County. Childhood trauma and stress can be corrosive and damaging to childhood development and success for children in poverty. this can mean lives consumed by stress, anxiety and insecurity, passing from one generation to the next.1

While trauma and stress can limit a child’s outcomes, research shows that supportive structures can counteract those forces. the 2014 Champion of Children signature event featured author paul tough, whose book, How Children Succeed, features evolving understandings of how stress and trauma impact children, and explores factors and structures that support success and foster resiliency. our 2014 Champion of Children report focuses on these themes and considers what steps they suggest for meeting the needs of Franklin County’s children and fostering an environment where all children have the opportunity to succeed.