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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.

NEW Essentials for Childhood ACEs Topic


On behalf of California Essentials for Childhood, I am very excited to announce the release of a new Child Adversity and Resilience data topic on! This has been a collaborative effort between the CA Essentials for Childhood Initiative's Shared Data and Outcomes Work Group and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.  I represent ACEs Connection Network on Essentials and am the co-chair of the Shared Data & Outcomes Work Group so I couldn't be more thrilled about this new addition to (the first addition of new data topic in six years!) I am grateful to the Essentials team and the team for the strong, collaborative, action-oriented approach to this project; it was a real pleasure to be involved.

The new topic brings together three different sources of data on child adversity and resilience, in order to present a broader social determinants framework to look at the trauma experienced by California’s children and families. The indicators come from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (adults reflecting on their childhood ACEs), the Maternal and Infant Health Assessment  (postpartum women’s childhood hardships), and the National Survey of Children’s Health (parental report on current child adversity). The data also provides county-level breakdowns to inform local planning and implementation efforts in support of safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families.

The next step in promoting this wonderful new resource starts with you! We are hoping that you will disseminate this information to your networks and have provided some attached materials to aid in the process. The website, a product of the Lucile Packard Foundation, is well established in the community as a leading provider of data on the well-being of children and families. 

We hope that you find this information useful and informative in your work, and are excited to hear your feedback.  Stay tuned for more information about ways that ACEs Connection Network can help share these (and other) data and let us know if you have any ideas to disseminate data about ACEs throughout communities in CA.


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