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​Essentials for Childhood Initiative: Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments

The California Essentials for Childhood Initiative addresses child maltreatment as a public health issue and aims to 1) raise awareness and commitment to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments; 2) create the context for healthy children and families through social norms change, programs and policies; and 3) uses data to inform actions.  The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) was awarded a competitive five-year grant, Essentials for Childhood: Steps to Create Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), beginning in September 2013. The grant funds CDPH, Safe and Active Communities Branch, in collaboration with the California Department of Social Services , Office of Child Abuse Prevention, to support a collective impact approach to build upon, align, enhance and collaborate with existing efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments, prevent child maltreatment, and assure that children reach their full potential.  ​

For more information regarding the California Essentials for Childhood Initiative, please email


 California Essentials for Childhood Resources

 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Resources

 Trainings and Presentations

 Organizations and Partners

 Publications and Videos

We are currently in the processing of converting the following webinar presentations into an ADA accessible format.  To request an electronic copy of these presentations, please email

  • Overview of Policy Initiatives by Ben Rubin for February 6, 2015
  • Essentials for Childhood Orientation Webinar I Slide Deck for February 6, 2015: Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships and Environments.
  • ​​Essentials for Childhood Orientation II Slide Deck: Adversity and Resiliency Webinar - April 16, 2015
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