Connections Matter

Everyday connections are more important than we ever believed. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times, they help us heal. With each connection, we develop a healthier, stronger community.

Connections Matter is a healing-centered curriculum that teaches adults how to use the power of connections to help develop healthy brains and supportive relationships, prevent and heal from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and strengthen communities by building resilience and compassion. Prevent Child Abuse – New Jersey (PCA-NJ) is the state lead for the Connections Matter NJ initiative.

Connections Matter is a community effort. We want everyone to know that fostering caring relationships with the children, families, and adults in your life matters for developing healthy brains, supportive relationships, and thriving communities.

Upcoming Presentations

Check back soon for future opportunities!

Upcoming Facilitator Training

Our next Facilitator Training will take place in February 2024! If you are interested in becoming certified as a Connections Matter NJ Facilitator, click the link below to download the flyer. Then, click “Apply Here” to view the application form and further details. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Victoria Spera-Ballesteros at [email protected].

Apply Here!

Connections Matter NJ FT Flyer 2024


Interested in hosting a training?

If you would like to host a free Connections Matter Training at your organization, please click button below to fill out the training request form.