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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.

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Register for Webinar: Historic Funding Opportunities to Improve School Climate: Highlight on Community Schools

Public schools, counties, and cities in California will see some of the largest-ever increases in one-time funding over the next 3-4 years due to unprecedented federal and state COVID-19 relief funds and much higher than expected state budget revenue. Panelists will share where these dollars are going, and how local leaders and organizers can engage in these opportunities to shape local initiatives to improve school climate including major funding for mental health supports, expanded...

Register to the Child Wellbeing During the Pandemic Webinar

The Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative , a project of the California Department of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (CDPH/IVPB) and the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (CDSS/OCAP), invites your participation in an upcoming webinar, “Child Wellbeing During the Pandemic” that will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST. The purpose of this webinar is to increase understanding of child well-being...

Me & My Emotions: A New, Free Resource for Teens

The pandemic has had a lasting effect on youth mental health. Moved by a desire to reduce youth’s toxic stress and increase their resilience, The Dibble Institute, in partnership with a team of students and alumni from ArtCenter College of Design and author Carolyn Curtis, PhD, is releasing Me & My Emotions —a new, free adaptation of our beloved Mind Matters Curriculum. The mobile-friendly Me & My Emotions website features engaging graphics and bite-sized lessons teens can access and...

From diversitydatakids.org: Advancing Racial Equity Through Neighborhood-Informed Early Childhood Policies

Diversitydatakids.org has published a new report entitled "Advancing Racial Equity Through Neighborhood-Informed Early Childhood Policies": "With existing investment from the American Rescue Plan and proposed investments in the American Families Plan, the early childhood education (ECE) system is experiencing its largest expansion since the 1960s. At the same time, the Biden administration’s executive order to pursue racial equity in federal policies and programs is placing unprecedented...

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