Early Childhood Development

The CA-OSG’s dedication to improving early childhood development is directly aligned with its work to prevent and heal the long-term impacts of ACEs and toxic stress.

Collaborating to Improve Health Outcomes

The CA-OSG is supporting the multi-department, cross-sector Child and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative. The CA-OSG will focus on two efforts:

  • Trauma-Informed Training: A trauma-informed training for the educators, focusing on ages 0 (daycare and preschool) through grade 12. With accreditation by CA-OSG, the curriculum will use standardized language, guidelines, and rigorous scientific evidence to focus on mitigating the long-term harms of ACEs, toxic stress and the disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also build off of the Network of Care Roadmap, created by the ACEs Aware Initiative, to help educators understand where they sit in an ecosystem of support for children and youth.
  • Public Awareness Campaign: A statewide ACEs and toxic stress public awareness campaign targeted at the general public, including families and caretakers of young children as well as transition-age youth. The campaign will launch summer 2022.

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Featured Early Childhood Efforts in California

The Master Plan for Early Learning and Care

Provides a strong research-based roadmap for building a comprehensive and equitable early learning and care system over the next decade.

First 5 California

Provides support for children prenatal to age 5, families, and caregivers through funding and services for education, health services, and childcare in communities throughout California.

The Early Childhood Policy Council

Elevates the needs of young children and their families as well as advises the Governor, Legislature and the Superintendent of Public Instruction on statewide early learning, care and child development.

California’s Preschool Development Grant Birth-5

Articulates a vision for the state’s early learning and care (ELC) system: Children age birth through five, their families, and communities will thrive through an effective and impactful ELC mixed delivery system that is efficiently connected to additional child, family, and program supports.

California for All’s Early Learning & Care Playbook

Offers resources for families about safe practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on hygiene, nutrition, child care, and financial relief resources.