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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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NCTSN Two Part Series on Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Reactions and Evidence Based Treatments for COVID-19 Related Deaths

A free series of training on child/adolescent traumatic grief in response to experience of COVID-19 related deaths are now available to register. As the US Surgeon General VADM Murthy recently noted, there have been at least 140,000 children in the US who lost a parent or caregiver-- BEFORE the winter surge began. Another subset have lost both parents/caregivers and yet other friends and other family members(grandparents, etc.). These trainings from the SAMHSA/NCTSN Learning Center have free...

Available Now: Children Now's 2022 California Children’s Report Card and Webinar

The 2022 California Children’s Report Card – the most comprehensive report on children’s health, education, and well-being in our state – is available now. The Report Card grades the State on its ability to support better outcomes for kids, from prenatal to age 26, across 32 key children’s issues. This year’s edition also includes data related to the impact of the COVID pandemic on California kids. The 2022 Report Card highlights some good news. For example, state leaders earned an A- for...

OCAP Announcing New Grant Opportunity!

The Office of Child Abuse Prevention is pleased to announce the availability of up to $215,000 per year of federal funding for a Parent Leadership Program. The Parent Leadership Program will support building a statewide team of parent leaders, including those previously involved in the child welfare system, to actively participate in program planning, development of policies and procedures, evaluation of systems, etc., at both the state and local levels for fiscal years (FY) 2022-25. For...

New Resource- Opportunities to Empower and Support Girls and Women in California: An Environmental Scan of Leadership Opportunities and Economic Supports to Prevent Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Teen Dating Violence

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB) is proud to release a new resource titled, “ Opportunities to Empower and Support Girls and Women in California: An Environmental Scan of Leadership Opportunities and Economic Supports to Prevent Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Teen Dating Violence .” The IVPB addresses root causes of violence and applies an upstream approach to violence prevention. There is a strategic interest in...

Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice with Special Guest, Becky Haas, Pioneer in Developing Trauma-Informed Judicial Initiatives

Please join us for our new series entitled: Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice. This monthly virtual Zoom series will feature conversations facilitated by Dr. Porter Jennings-McGarity, PhD/LCSW, PACEs Connection’s criminal justice consultant, with special guests to discuss the need for trauma-informed criminal justice system reform. Using a PACEs-science lens, this series will examine the relationship between trauma and the criminal justice system, what needs changing, and strategies being...

November 18, 2021: Child Wellbeing During the Pandemic Webinar Recording and Presentation Slides

The Essentials for Childhood Initiative is pleased to share the “ Child Wellbeing During the Pandemic Webinar” Presentation Slides and recording that supported the event that took place on November 18, 2021. The purpose of this webinar was to increase understanding of child well-being during the pandemic, share where to access the “Family Experiences During COVID-19 Questionnaire” data, and support participants to learn about a school-based approach to address child health and well-being...

November 3, 2021: “Building Partnerships to Strengthen California’s Families” Convening Summary Document and Presentation Slides

The Essentials for Childhood Initiative is pleased to share the “ Building Partnerships to Strengthen California’s Families” Convening Summary and Presentation Slides that supported the event that took place on November 3, 2021. The Convening Summary contains a detailed overview of the information shared and the feedback provided by the participants during the convening. You will find these documents attached below. To view the recording, please access the video at this link and use...

New Report: California Household Firearm Storage Practices, 2017-2019

The CDPH Injury and Violence Prevention Branch , on behalf of the CDPH Violence Prevention Initiative , has released a new report on household firearm storage titled “ California Household Firearm Storage Practices, 2017-2019 .” Using survey data from the 2017-2019 California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the report shows that one in five California adults reported a household firearm. Of those who reported a household firearm, one in ten also reported storing it...

New Injury Data Released by the California Violent Death Reporting System (CalVDRS) Project

The CDPH Injury and Violence Prevention Branch ’s California Violent Death Reporting System (CalVDRS) Project has released four new injury data briefs and an infographic on suicide, homicide, firearm-related deaths, and violent deaths involving multiple victims using data from 2018. These briefs summarize vital statistics data as well as supplemental data from coroner/medical examiner and law enforcement reports to identify trends and circumstances in violent deaths in California. These...

The Hidden Biases of Good People: Implicit Bias Awareness Training

The Dibble Institute is pleased to present an introductory webinar by Rev. Dr. Bryant T. Marks Sr. of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity , which will provide foundational information on implicit bias. It will focus at the individual level and discuss how implicit bias affects everyone. Strategies to reduce or manage implicit bias will be discussed. Broadly speaking, group-based bias involves varying degrees of stereotyping (exaggerated beliefs about others), prejudice...

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...

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