Why We Need a Child Allowance: Lessons from the Child Tax Credit

The central goal of a child allowance is to promote the health and well-being of children and families. By providing consistent and adequate income support, it can help families pay for immediate essentials, reduce the stress associated with struggling to make ends meet, and create a foundation for families to pursue their goals and aspirations.

Building Healthy Communities: a 21st Century Community Change Initiative

Photo courtesy of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative archive CSSP has a long history of designing, implementing, and evaluating community and system change efforts. One of the most significant challenges in such an undertaking is sustaining the investments and interest of funders over the long term that is needed to  achieve tangible results

Human Connection and Human Thriving

For decades, field leaders and funders have focused on developmental screening and kindergarten readiness as markers of child and family well-being. While those efforts have advanced a policy and community emphasis on Head Start, Universal Pre-K, and other efforts in early education, public officials have placed much less emphasis on the critical importance of foundational

New Data Confirms Cash Assistance Helps Lift Families from Poverty

Today, the Census Bureau released its annual statistics on income, poverty, and health insurance. The data offer striking evidence that policy can effectively reduce poverty and address racial inequities, even in the context of the most devastating health and economic crisis of our lifetimes. The data released today, along with other analyses of hardship over the last year, underscore the particular value of providing cash to families to combat poverty and economic insecurity. Cash assistance, whether in the form of a stimulus check, enhanced unemployment benefits, or the Child Tax Credit, allows families to meet a wide range of needs in ways that make the most sense for them. When made inclusive and accessible, cash assistance can also effectively advance racial equity.

Reflections on PRIDE 2021

As Pride 2021 winds down, I find myself think about and being thankful to Carl Nassib, the defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders NFL team for not only coming out as gay but also doing so and supporting the Trevor Project. Suicide and suicidal ideation are already common with young people, but even more so among LGBTQ+ youth who suffer the prospects of living in a world where they feel they will be hated and punished in so many ways.

Legal Information And Rights Education As An Element of Care: A Promising Health Justice Strategy

Recognition is growing that health inequities in the United States are oceanic and that health justice matters. From COVID-19 crisis standards of care to vaccine equity to the eviction epidemic to the Flint, Michigan water crisis, widespread health injustices now are robustly, and appropriately, animating mainstream health policy dialogue. Health justice is a critical concept

Youth Leadership in Action

“Nothing about us, without us,” is a rallying cry that originated in the disability rights movement, but it has been widely adopted by young people who have been in foster care. The stakes are high. “One person frames your life before a court, and a couple of people decide where you live,” says Sixto Cancel

DULCE Animations: Creating Content with Equity in Mind

CSSP works to transform systems and strengthen communities by developing and implementing policies and practices that promote justice, advance equity, and eliminate structural bias. We work in a number of different spaces and, consequently, use a number of different methods to communicate with our various audiences. But regardless of what we’re saying or how we’re saying it, we also work to center equity in our communications tools. One recent example is a video series developed by CSSP’s DULCE team.

getREAL: Good But is it Enough?

The getREAL initiative works to transform child welfare policy and practice in order to promote the healthy development of LGTBQ+ and gender expansive children and youth. We have been at this work and influencing the child welfare system for nearly a decade, and while we can say that—along with others—we have made inroads to the