One in four children in the U.S. lives in a family affected by substance use disorder (SUD). The disease’s symptoms include, but are not limited to, the consumption of alcohol and/or drugs. It is often the more subtle symptoms of the disease that wreak havoc on relationships and family dynamics. Short term effects on children may include behavioral and academic challenges. Longer term impacts are increased vulnerability to developing this highly heritable disease, because of the way family dynamics interact with the brain’s developing stress response and self-regulatory systems. The more early childhood educators understand about the disease, the better they will be able to support children and their families. This page is still under construction…stay tuned!