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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.

April 2021

OCAP's Child Abuse Prevention Month Webinar Series Videos Available

This April, the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (CDSS/OCAP) in partnership with the Child Abuse Prevention Center and the California Training Institute hosted webinar speaker series for Child Abuse Prevention month. The links to the presentations from Child Abuse Prevention Month Webinar Series can be found below. Please feel free to use these presentations as a reference. The Human Need for Belonging with Amelia Franck Meyer The Data of Prevention...

REGISTER NOW - ONE WEEK LEFT!: Asthma & Toxic Stress On-Demand Webinar: CME Opportunity Available Until May 11, 2021

Currently, there are no standard asthma management guidelines that account for the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress on asthma, leaving underserved communities particularly vulnerable to increased risk and severity. Children for whom ACEs and asthma co-occur may ultimately require different prevention and intervention strategies due to their toxic stress-related physiology. As more pediatric clinics become aware of the role of ACEs on health outcomes, the field...

Race Equity within the Children’s Bureau Prevention Work

Join the Children’s Bureau on Tuesday April 27, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m., as they recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Meet the new Children’s Bureau Associate Commissioner Aysha Schomburg and hear her vision for the Children’s Bureau’s prevention agenda. This will include a dialogue with practitioners at the national, state, and local level about how we can concretely bring a race equity lens to our prevention work. For more information and to register, please follow this link.

Safe & Sound Unveils New Interactive Website Calculating Cost of Child Abuse to Each California County, Region

Safe & Sound has recently updated their website with 2020 data that explores the economic impact of child maltreatment. This year, Safe & Sound has also enhanced the section that speaks to community protective factors (including seeking racial and social justice) which nurture family strengths and allow all children to thrive. Key features of Safe &Sound’s website include: Research on factors within a community that strengthen families and promote the safety of children,...

2021 Parent Leadership Awards (Virtual Event and Panel)

The Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) in partnership with T he Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) invite you in honoring parent awardees at the 4th Annual Parent Leadership Awards on April 26th at 11:00AM--1:00PM. The parent awardees, along with PPAC (Parent Partner Advisory Committee) guests, will participate in a virtual panel to discuss their lived experiences as both parents and leaders in their communities. This event will include virtual group activities and an awards ceremony...

Upcoming CSN Webinar: Protecting Children from Heatstroke in Vehicles

Children's Safety Network (CSN) is hosting a new webinar titled, "Protecting Children from Heatstroke in Vehicles" on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET. In this webinar, Jan Null, Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at San Jose State University and founder of, will discuss the scope of the problem and related trends. He will also explain the dynamics of vehicle heating and the impact they have upon a child’s heath. Amy Artuso of the National Safety Council will...

New CSN Resource: Disparities in U.S. Childhood and Adolescent Drowning Deaths

In the early days of the pandemic, Children's Safety Network (CSN) highlighted child safety areas relevant to children spending more time at home, such as firearm safety and drowning prevention. In CSN’s new infographic, Disparities in U.S. Childhood and Adolescent Drowning Deaths , differences in the rates of drowning deaths in children by sex, race/ethnicity, and geographic location are highlighted along with prevention steps. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ,...

CDSS/OCAP Child Abuse Prevention Month Webinar Series: 4/14 "Power of Connection" at 11 AM

The California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (CDSS/OCAP) are hosting a webinar speaker series for Child Abuse Prevention month. Please see the attached for information on the webinars in the series, presenters, and the links to registration. Tomorrow, there will be a special presentation from Kevin Campbell on the topic of the “Power of Connection” at 11 AM. Kevin Campbell is an American Child Protection and Children’s Mental Health Innovator and the founder...

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