40 Ways Prevention Can Start Before the Age of 5

Building blocks of healthy development (also known as Developmental Assets) help young children grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible.  The Southington Community YMCA knows just how important these assets are and the Nursery School team worked hard to successfully implement the Developmental Assets this year!

Developing assets at an early age can help young people identify a set of skills, experiences, relationships and behaviors that over time, help them to develop into successful and contributing adults.  It is important to begin building these assets as children become of school age. Examples of assets that can begin early include: Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood; Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds; Young person has empathy, sensitivity and friendship skills.

Studies of more than 5 million young people across the United States (as well as studies in other countries) consistently show that the more Developmental Assets young people have, the more likely they are to be prepared for life and the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors.  The Southington community believes in embracing these assets to support our youth and the Southington Community YMCA is a leader!

Here is Southington, we are proud to make substance abuse prevention a priority.  #SouthingtonSteps #SearchInstitute