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California Essentials for Childhood Initiative (CA)

The California Essentials for Childhood Initiative uses a public health and collective impact approach to align and enhance collaborative efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children, youth and families through systems, policy and social norms change.

Blog Posts

Understanding Our Health Before the Pandemic Can Help Us Improve It Afterward [rwjf.org]

By Anita Chandra and Carolyn Miller, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, January 29, 2021 2020 was arguably one of the most difficult years in American history, challenging our resilience and surfacing enduring and systemic challenges to our collective health and well-being. As we continue to measure the pandemic’s impact on short- and long-term health, as well as other social and economic indicators, it is useful to note where we stood pre-pandemic. Understanding the conditions and trends that...

Transforming Our Tomorrow: 2021 National Conference [preventchildabuse.org]

In this time of widespread change, we are acutely aware of the need for ongoing growth—for ourselves, our organizations, and our communities. The choices we make and actions we take today inform how we all will flourish in the days and years to come. Join us for “Transforming Our Tomorrow: 2021 Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference,” three days of learning and discovery, where we’ll continue to explore the needs of our communities and the impacts of our work. Please save the date...

Community Conditions that Strengthen Families: Protective Factors Work at the Community Level [cssp.org]

By Cailin O'Connor, Center for the Study of Social Policy, December 2020 This report summarizes survey findings from organizational partners and members of the Strengthening Families National Network interested in using the Protective Factors Framework in their community-level approach and their viewpoints on community conditions that support child and family outcomes. Find the executive summary for the report here. [ Please click here to access the repor t.]

A National Agenda for Children's Mental Health [childtrends.org]

By Jessica Dym Bartlett and Brandon Stratford, Child Trends, January 28, 2021 The social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children and youth is a critical aspect of human development that lays the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, as many as one in five children had a diagnosed mental health disorder . While research on the pandemic’s effects on mental health is still in the early stages, current evidence shows a surge in anxiety and...

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