MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Local leaders have announced the Greater Memphis community as the future site of two pilot “parenting places” that will focus on providing parents and caregivers with preemptive access to professional support to prevent or reduce challenges to their young children’s emotional and behavioral health.

Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr. will serve as ex officio members of the new ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Center Task Force of Shelby County. They join a team of 40 local leaders dedicated to raising community awareness about the costly and harmful outcomes of toxic stress that affect many if not most families during the course of a child’s development, and can undermine all forms of health.

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