Brief • Sep 24, 2019
California needs a system of care for Medi-Cal eligible infants and toddlers that is grounded in family wellness and community, this paper co-released by First 5 Center and California Children’s Trust asserts. It outlines flaws in the current system and proposes a new model that would draw on CBOs, county-operated clinics, FQHCs, and primary care practices to provide peer support and age-appropriate models for attachment and bonding, as well as resources to address broader social needs. "Children cannot be healthy and grow well unless their caregivers have the internal and external resources to give them safe and loving care,” says co-author Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D, Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health, and Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry. "We hope this paper provides impetus to fund interventions that help the whole child and the whole family."
Sep 8, 2022
This concept paper explores California’s opportunity to improve the health and development of young children by leveraging the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Health Services Initiatives (HSIs).
Sep 1, 2022
To understand home visitors’ workforce development needs, the First 5 Center for Children’s Policy commissioned ZERO TO THREE to conduct focus groups and surveys with home visitors who had participated in professional development opportunities. This brief explores the three key lessons that emerged from that research.
Jul 6, 2022
The First 5 Center for Children’s Policy initiated a qualitative research project involving a series of interviews with 54 First 5s across the state. This paper presents the findings of these interviews and their implications for home visiting in California.