The first five years of life is a critical phase in development and lays the foundations for education and future physical and mental health. Unfortunately, some children are exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and this can negatively impact their future life path. CAER aims to better understand how we can prevent ACEs and mitigate their impact. Our work aims to ensure that all children are ‘school ready’ so they can benefit maximally from their schooling. We work to help families and communities provide the rich and stimulating experiences known to assist healthy development.