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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...

Notice of Funding Availability: 2021 CalEITC+ Education and Outreach Grant

The Department of Community Services and Development (CSD), in partnership with the Franchise Tax Board, has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the 2021 California Earned Income Tax Credit Plus (CalEITC+) Education and Outreach Grant. The purpose of this NOFA is to inform interested parties of the availability of funding to increase awareness of available tax credits, including CalEITC, the Young Child Tax Credit, the federal EITC, and the federal Child Tax Credit for the...

From PPIC: Pandemic Aid Helped Lower Poverty in California

"Despite the severe economic disruptions brought about by the pandemic, government aid led to a decline in poverty last year. Census Bureau numbers released last week show a nationwide drop in poverty from 2019 to 2020 (11.8% to 9.1%), when accounting for social safety net benefits and federal pandemic relief efforts. In California, federal stimulus payments (also known as economic impact payments) and key expansions to unemployment insurance (UI) helped millions make ends meet." To read...

FREE WEBINAR: The Impact of Mind Matters: Preliminary Evidence of Effectiveness in a Community-Based Sample

Becky Antle, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work and esteemed University Scholar at the University of Louisville, won The Dibble Institute’s national competition to evaluate Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience in 2019. As a result, Dr. Antle and her colleagues have conducted a randomized controlled trial to examine the impact of Mind Matters on a host of outcomes related to trauma symptoms, emotional regulation, coping and resiliency, and interpersonal skills for at-risk...

New Infographic: Creating a Shared Approach to Suicide and Overdose Prevention

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) highlights shared risk and protective factors for suicide and overdose in the infographic titled "Creating a Shared Approach to Suicide and Overdose Prevention." Childhood trauma and adversity, economic hardship, access to lethal means, discrimination, social isolation, and other risk factors can contribute to risk of suicide and/or overdose, while stable employment and housing, safe, supportive, and inclusive environments,...

New Child Trends research demonstrates federal stimulus payments kept more than 2 million Latino and Black children out of poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

From Child Trends: " New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the federal economic stimulus payments helped protect millions of children from poverty in 2020. These stimulus payments had a particularly large impact on Latino and Black children: According to the Census, the supplemental poverty rate (SPM) for Latino and Black children would have increased by 6.8 percentage points without the first two rounds of stimulus payments*, which were distributed starting in mid-April 2020, and...

New Resource: "Connecting Families to Tax Credits to Improve Child Wellbeing in California: A Brief for California Local Health Departments and Children & Family Service Providers"

A newly developed document titled “Connecting Families to Tax Credits to Improve Child Wellbeing in California: A Brief for California Local Health Departments and Children & Family Service Providers" has just been released and can be found attached to this blog post. This document is intended to assist Local Health Departments (LHDs) and children & family service providers in their efforts to educate about how the collection of the California Earned Income Tax (CalEITC), California...

Food insecurity, trauma, and poor health outcomes, OH MY!

This article was first published in RACMonitor and appears with explicit permission. Another week, another report on Americans facing concerning access to basic human needs. This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report, Household Food Security in the United States in 2020 . Data for the report was collected from 34,330 households in December 2020, though at first glance, this is misleading. While 89.5 percent of U.S. households were “food secure” at that...

Comprehensive Community Approaches Preventing Substance Misuse Funding Opportunity from NACCHO and CDC

We are sharing a funding opportunity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Please see below for more information. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity to support the implementation of evidence-based approaches to prevent overdose, substance use disorders (SUD),...

Child Tax Credit Navigator Training

The Administration for Children and Families and the Department of Health & Human Services are engaging with the Treasury Department and the White House to help enroll eligible families in the Child Tax Credit, with a particular focus on families that may not usually file taxes. To do that, the ACF and HHS are offering the opportunity to participate in a 1 hour training to help you and your teams learn more about the Child Tax Credit and how you can help those in your community enroll.

Meet the Essentials for Childhood Initiative Cal-EIS Fellow: Rozhan Ghanbari

Rozhan Ghanbari is a California Epidemiologic Investigation Service (Cal-EIS) Fellow working at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) within the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB). Currently she is working on analyzing and disseminating information regarding the Fatal Child Abuse and Neglect Surveillance (FCANS) system. She is also working with the Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative! She received her B.S. in Public Health from the University of Alabama at...

Food Research & Action Center: New P-EBT Under 6

The Food Research & Action Center has created a P-EBT for Children Under 6 on SNAP Outreach Toolkit to help inform eligible families on how to receive benefits. Due to the pandemic, millions of young children who were attending child care facilities in person lost access to free and reduced-price meals During the 2020–2021 academic year, children under 6 years old who were enrolled in SNAP at any time since October 1, 2020, are eligible for P-EBT benefits if they lived in or attended...

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