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A ‘Godsend’: How Temporary Investments in the Child Tax Credit and Child Care Impacted Michigan Families

March 2022

To learn about the impact of the American Rescue Plan’s short-term investments in the CTC and child care, CSSP conducted interviews with low- and moderate-income (ranging from $0-$55,000/year) families of color, child care providers, and stakeholders in Michigan between September and December 2021. The findings make it clear: Robust, long-term investments in both the Child Tax Credit and child care are necessary so that all families—and particularly families of color—have the support they need to not just survive, but to thrive.

(24 pp)

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Willis & Friends: At the Feet of Storytellers—The Development of Early Relational Health Conversations

March 2022

The 10th Willis & Friends brought together two of the three developers of the Early Relational Health Conversation model – Marie-Celeste Condon, PhD, and Dominique Charlot-Swilley, PhD. They described their experiences in researching African American families’ experiences with the ERH screening and the emergence of ERH Conversations, a family and culture-centered model for ERH-focused visits in pediatric care settings

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Willis & Friends: Toy Pollution—What Do We Know About Toys and Early Relational Development?

February 2022

The 9th edition of the Willis & Friends series explored the attachment infants and young children have to toys. Speakers examined preliminary findings from infant-parent research, lived experiences, and the shared emotional experiences from within the Latinx, Asian, and Black communities.

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Fostering Social and Emotional Health through Pediatric Primary Care: A Blueprint for Leveraging Medicaid and CHIP to Finance Change

February 2022

The content of this resource is based on technical assistance delivered to the Pediatrics Supporting Parents National Medicaid/CHIP State Implementation Workgroup from September 2019 to December 2020 and on the report Fostering Social and Emotional Health through Pediatric Primary Care: A Blueprint for Leveraging Medicaid and CHIP to Finance Change, released in June 2019. 

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The Blueprint in Action: Lessons Learned from the Pediatrics Supporting Parents State Medicaid and CHIP Implementation Workgroup

February 2022

This brief describes the accomplishments of and lessons learned from the Pediatrics Supporting Parents State Medicaid and CHIP Implementation Workgroup to inform future initiatives that aim to leverage Medicaid and CHIP financing to promote the health of young children, their families, and their communities. 

(11 pp)

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Perspectives on ERH Series: Session 1: The Principles and Framework of Early Relational Health

February 2022

In the first session, David Willis, MD, Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, is in conversation with MaryEtta Callier-Wells, Parenting Program Supervisor, Lead Educator and Facilitator at Self Enhancement, Inc., about the principles and framework of Early Relational Health. They discuss why Early Relational Health is essential to child and family well-being and what parents are telling us about the importance of creating and nurturing healthy early relationships. 

Visit the Perspective on ERH webpage.

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Perspectives on Early Relational Health Series

February 2022

In this introductory video, David Willis, MD, Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), shares why CSSP has developed this video series to share the critical and timely discussions about the fundamental importance of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships for the healthy development of all infants, young children, and their caregivers.

Visit the Perspective on ERH webpage.

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Promoting the Well-Being of Black, Native, Latinx, and Asian Youth Involved in Systems of Care

January 2022

This report examines the importance and multidimensional nature of well-being, in general, and the well-being of Black, Native, Latinx, and Asian youth involved in systems of care, in particular. 

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Willis & Friends: Transcending Barriers of Whiteness for Next Generation Well-Being

January 2022

The 8th edition of the Willis and Friends live series will explore how to move beyond “centering Whiteness” to realize once-in-a-generation opportunities for Black and Brown families from President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
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Willis & Friends: Transforming Health Systems to Ensure Maternal Well-Being

December 2021

The 7th edition of Willis and Friends live series will provide an enlightening conversation with three national policy leaders about the unprecedented opportunities to advance early relational health as a result of the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act and the proposed Build Back Better Act.

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