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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.

Webinar Recap: California’s Budget & Legislative Landscape Impact of a Pandemic on Child Wellbeing with Kelly Hardy

On June 11, 2020, the California Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative held a webinar entitled, “California’s Budget & Legislative Landscape Impact of a Pandemic on Child Wellbeing” and heard from special guest speaker, Kelly Hardy, Senior Managing Director of Health & Research for Children Now. This interactive webinar provided an overview of the current legislative and budget situation in California, with a focus on child wellbeing. The state has quickly moved from an expected budget surplus to a significant budget deficit, and legislators have been asked to severely limit the number of bills they are carrying and focus on COVID-19 response. In addition, federal relief funds are being made available, but only for certain issues and programs. Kelly Hardy also led a discussion about what this means for our children, and what key initiatives are still on the table.

Links to documents discussed:


Links to bills discussed during this webinar:

  • Lead Bills: 
    • AB 2276: Medi-Cal: Blood lead screening tests
    • AB 2277: Medi-Cal: Blood lead screening tests
    • AB 2278: Lead Screening
    • AB 2279: Childhood lead poisoning prevention
    • AB 2422: Lead testing
    • SB 1008: Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act: online lead information registry
  • Pupil behavioral health absences:
  • AB 2112: Suicide prevention
  • AB 2366: Pupil health: Trauma, Grief, and Loss Pilot Program


To access the webinar recording and slide deck, please see the attached files below.


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