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 Facilitator Training

The Connections Matter NJ Facilitator Training is for professionals who would like to become certified facilitators of the Connections Matter NJ curriculum. Applicants must work for organizations or programs that receive funding funding from the NJ Department of Children and Families.

The below flyer and linked application form contain full details, including the training’s description, schedule, application requirements, and facilitator qualifications.

Click here to go directly to the application form.


Upcoming Presentations

The following presentations are limited to adults working and/or living in Essex County and will be offered via Zoom. Click on the images below to view the flyers for each upcoming presentation.


May 17th & 18th, 2022 1:00-3:00pm


August 16th & 17th, 2022 10:00am-12:00pm


November 15th & 16th, 2022 1:00-3:00pm

Interested in hosting a training?

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