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California Essentials for Childhood Case Study

​New Case Study:

"California Essentials for Childhood Case Study:

Collective Impact Through Strategic Opportunities."

To request a copy of this study, please email ivpb@cdph.ca.gov

What is the California Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative?

The Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative is led in partnership by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) Branch, formerly the Safe and Active Communities Branch (SACB), and the California Department of Social Service (CDSS), Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP). The EfC Initiative seeks to address child maltreatment as a public health issue; aims to raise awareness and commitment to promoting safe, stable, nurturing relationships, and environments (SSNR&E); creates the context for healthy children and families through social norms change, programs, and policies; and utilizes data to inform actions. Utilizing a collective impact model, the EfC Initiative advances the common agenda of multiple agencies and stakeholders through alignment of activities, programs, policies, and funding so that all California children, youth, and their families achieve SSNR&E.

The California Department of Public Health was previously 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. Currently, the grant in its second five-year cycle of funding, and the EfC Initiative has an emphasis on creating social norm change and strengthening economic supports for families. To learn more about Essentials for Childhood Initiative: Steps to Create Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments Essentials, please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. If you would like to request additional information about the California Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative, please email ivpb@cdph.ca.gov

Mission

To develop a common agenda across multiple agencies and stakeholders to align activities, programs, policies, and funding so that all California children, youth, and their families have safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.

Vision

All California children, youth, and their families thrive in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.

Goals of the EfC Initiative?

The following are the 2013-2018 goals of the EfC Initiative:

  1. Build upon families' assets to strengthen their knowledge and skills to provide safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for their children.
  2. Achieve the highest level of well-being for families and children, with special attention to those who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage and historical injustice, including vulnerable communities and culturally, linguistically, and geographically isolated communities.
  3. Prevent child maltreatment and other childhood traumas and implement trauma informed policies and practices throughout public and private organizations and systems.
  4. Improve the quality of and expand the accessibility to programs and services supporting families and children.
  5. Enhance the integration of systems and networks that support families and children to improve communication, services, accountability and outcomes.
  6. Engage communities and strengthen their capacity to act and take leadership roles in creating safe and stable environments that support families and children.
  7. Build public support and commitment (or …"public commitment and political will…") for policies and programs that promote safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for families and children.
  8. Embed and incorporate families and children as priorities in public policies.
  9. Increase the number and scope of private sector policies and practices that support families and children.
  10. Improve and enhance data systems that use common measurements to increase accountability for shared indicators and outcomes for families and children.

Note: These goals will be reviewed by the EfC Initiative membership and may be amended in the current grant cycle to better meet the needs of the Initiative.

What is the role of Public Health in Violence Prevention?

Child abuse and neglect result from a number of individual, family, societal, and environmental factors. Child abuse and neglect are preventable —safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are key for prevention. Preventing child abuse and neglect can also prevent other forms of violence, as various types of violence are interrelated and share many risk and protective factors, consequences, and effective prevention tactics. Utilizing a public health approach, we can prevent child maltreatment before it starts.

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