Trump’s Immigration Policy Is Part of a Long U.S. History of Ripping Families Apart

Four months after the Trump administration announced the end of its family separation policy, four-year-old Brayan, from El Salvador, was torn from his father’s arms by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer after they crossed the border and requested asylum. When he described that moment, his father Julio broke down in tears. “I failed him,” Julio

Data Driving Early Childhood Progress: CSSP and NICHQ Release Joint Report

There has been a growing interest in using data to drive change, but how is it actually used in the early childhood field to improve outcomes for children and families? To answer this question, CSSP and the National Institute of Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) partnered to get a first-hand view of the strategies communities are

Building Protective Factors with Military Families

Throughout CSSP’s Strengthening Families initiative, ZERO TO THREE has been a critical partner in supporting providers to take a strengths-based, protective factors approach to families with infants and toddlers. Today we welcome a guest blog post from Julia Yeary, LCSW, ACSW, IMH-E®, Director of Military Projects at ZERO TO THREE, whose work focuses on supporting

Children Belong with their Families

This week the Office of the Inspector General released a report indicating that the Department of Health and Human Services has failed to ensure that staff working at facilities housing immigrant children undergo the requisite background checks. Read our full statement. 

Two Communities Taking on Big Challenges: Local Efforts to Advance Equity in Child Welfare

In the United States (US), young children ages birth to four are the most racially and ethnically diverse age group. This diversity should mean that policy and practice are particularly focused on serving the needs of this ever-growing, diverse population. Unfortunately, policy has not been responsive to the needs of children and families of color

Institutional Racism and the Urgent Need to Transform Public Systems that Separate Families

As the current administration continues to consider separating families in order to further its racist immigration agenda, we have just released a report that examines the relationship between institutional racism and family separation. Entangled Roots: The Role of Race in Policies that Separate Families, analyzes the three publicly-funded systems that separate families in the United

Protecting Children, Families, and Tribes: The Importance of ICWA

On October 4th U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Conner ruled in Federal Court that the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) was unconstitutional. Subsequently he denied a stay that was requested by the Cherokee Nation and four other tribal leadership groups, who argued that allowing states to ignore ICWA, while the case moved through

Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future

Last week, we were joined in Washington, DC by 250 of our closest friends to celebrate 40 years of fighting for social justice. This milestone is one that has allowed us to reflect on our past, celebrate our partners, and honor all that we’ve done to arrive at this point in our history. Please take a

It’s Time to getREAL About Coming Out

Today, getREAL observes and celebrates National Coming Out Day, an annual observance which celebrates LGBTQ+ individuals ‘coming out’ about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The date aligns with the historic Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987, where visibility obtained through coming out was considered one of the most

How US Cities are Leading the Way to Support Early Learning

In a guest column for Early Learning Nation, Tonja Rucker from the National League of Cities (NLC) describes innovative approaches in seven cities that have made critical investments in supporting young children and their families in recent years. NLC is CSSP’s longtime partner in supporting the development of an Early Learning Nation, providing technical assistance to