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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: Office of Child Abuse Prevention 2020-2025 Strategic Plan with Angela Ponivas

On July 15, 2020, the California Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative held a webinar entitled, “Essentials for Childhood Initiative Webinar: OCAP 2020-2025 Strategic Plan” and heard from Angela Ponivas, Bureau Chief at the Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) at the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

The OCAP, a backbone agency in the Essentials for Childhood Initiative, works collaboratively with partners at the federal, state, and county- level with communities, tribes, and parent partners to address the prevention of child abuse and neglect and to promote healthy families and communities. The new strategic plan anticipates a future where public systems and private citizens, businesses and communities, work in unity to create a complete system of care for children and families. Key elements of the plan include:

  • Lifting through capacity building
  • Linking through a shared prevention agenda
  • Leveraging resources to build protective factors through community and natural supports


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


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