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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.

July 2021

5 Ways to Create Compelling Messages about Childhood Trauma using Data

When presented strategically, data can help tell an important story about childhood trauma. Berkeley Media Studies Group has written a blog post that details five useful ways to create compelling messages about childhood trauma using data. 1. Identify the goal you want your data to support. 2. Place data regarding childhood trauma disparities within a larger context. 3. Use data selectively. 4. Make values part of the conversation. 5. Use creative comparisons to make PACEs data easy to...

California Family Resource Association COVID-19 FRC Notice of Funding Opportunity

On January 8, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a state budget proposal that included critical supports for Family Resource Centers (FRCs) to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the measure proposed $13 M in General Fund for COVID-19 Related Supports for Child Welfare Services. The proposal builds on $3 M in state funds allocated for FRC response to COVID-19 in 2020 and recognizes the critical role of FRCs to address the needs of vulnerable children and families across the...

Pair of reports guides treatment of patients struggling with effects of trauma []

By Heather C. Forkey and James H. Duffee, American Academy of Pediatrics, July 26, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic and our nation’s racial reckoning have given new visibility to trauma and its impact on children. Even before the pandemic, it was understood that the most fundamental threats to health have their roots in adversities experienced by children without sufficient buffering of a caregiver. Behavior, development, relationships and physical health can be affected for a lifetime due to the...

Resource: Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic One-Pager (English & Spanish!)

English: The California Department of Public Health, Injury and Prevention Branch (CDPH/IVPB) and the California Department of Social Service, Office of Child Abuse Prevention’s (CDSS/OCAP) , Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative , ACEs Connection , and the Yolo County Children’s Alliance co-created “Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic” in both English and Spanish. This material is intended for Californian families experiencing the severe economic consequences resulting from...

What HOPE Adds []

By Bob Sege, 7/22/21, Summertime offers a chance to pause and reflect. This past year our team has had the good fortune to meet with, teach, and learn from dozens of organizational leaders and well over 10,000 participants from around the country and beyond. HOPE resonates with the values and work of so many other programs, organizations, and frameworks. At the same time, HOPE coalesces many years of research, thinking, and practical experience. What does HOPE...

Healthy People 2030 Adds 4 Objectives on Childhood Trauma, Up From 0 (

For the first time, the Healthy People 2030 guidelines have added four objectives on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), a step to recognize the systemic impact of childhood trauma on health. ACEs, such as abuse and poverty, are a public health crisis . None of the past Healthy People editions ─ 1990, 2000, 2010, 2020 ─ had an objective to address ACEs as part of its national guidance to promote health and prevent disease. Now there are four objectives! This is a huge win for the 2,214...

2021 Kids Count Data Book []

From The Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 21, 2021 SUMMARY The 32nd edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT ® Data Book describes how children across the United States were faring before — and during — the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s publication continues to deliver the Foundation’s annual state rankings and the latest available data on child well-being. It identifies multiyear trends — comparing statistics from 2010 to 2019. In addition, the report shares data on how...

New Resource: Utilizing Data to Improve Child Wellbeing Through Community Action

A newly developed document titled “Utilizing Data to Improve Child Wellbeing Through Community Action” has just been released and can be found attached to this blog post. The purpose of this document is to identify best practices in utilizing data to monitor and evaluate child adversity, health, development, and wellbeing in order to build community support and create policy, systems, and environmental change. This resource was created in partnership by All Children Thrive - California and...

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