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The DULCE Approach to Setting Goals with Families of Infants

January 2023

CSSP engaged in a 12-month planning and implementation project focused on developing and pilot testing a collaborative goal setting process for families of infants that is derived from goal concordant care. This paper describes the initial success of this endeavor, including a description of and guidelines for the collaborative goal setting process, initial findings from pilot testing of the process, reflections about participants' experience of the  process, and a list of draft training and technical assistance tools.

(19 pp)

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Youth Thrive Alive! Forum: Activate Tools for 2023 and Beyond January

January 2023

In 2022, Youth Thrive created new, dynamic tools and resources that youth-serving agencies and organizations can use to understand adolescent development and promote youth well-being. In this webinar, we showcased the latest tools and resources, including the Social Connections Module, co-developed by Dr. Julie Radlauer-Doerfler, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Collectively.


Help Me Grow: Strengthening Families and Supporting Caregiver Goals

January 2023

The purpose of this paper is to describe how the Help Me Grow Model currently aligns with the Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework; how HMG affiliates are currently using Strengthening Families; and how we envision the introduction of goal concordant care (GCC) affecting HMG affiliates’ impact on families’ protective factors.

(23 pp)

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Beyond Temporary Relief for Families: Lessons from ARPA’s Investments in Child Care & the Child Tax Credit

November 2022

Watch the Center for the Study of Social Policy and a panel of parents and stakeholders discuss the impact of temporary investments made in families last year by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and to hear discussion around what’s needed now: permanent investments in families. The event will synthesized CSSP’s recent research with 45 Black and Latinx families in Michigan, Mississippi, and North Carolina on the impact of ARPA’s short-term investments in the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and child care.

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How to Communicate Effectively About Early Relational Health: What It Is and Why It Matters

November 2022

This guide is meant to be a tool to help the many voices supporting and working on Early Relational Health to speak the same language and spread awareness, spark interest, advocate holistically, and accelerate change. 

(39 pp)

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Toolkit to Support Developing an Upstream Support and Child Welfare Prevention Plan for Young Children and their Families

October 2022

This toolkit builds off of the lessons learned, principles, and strategies outlined in the report, Supporting the First 1,000 Days of A Child’s Life: An Anti-Racist Blueprint for Early Childhood Well-Being and Child Welfare Prevention and is designed to support efforts in identifying and developing specific strategies to strengthen and support infants, toddlers, and their families and prevent child welfare involvement.

(4 pp.)


Youth Thrive Training Videos

May 2022

Youth Thrive believes that all young people should be valued, loved, and supported to reach their goals. To achieve this, Youth Thrive works with youth-serving systems and their partners to change policies, programs, and practices so that they build on what we know about adolescent development, value young people’s perspectives, and give youth opportunities to succeed. Check out our new animation series that educates and informs others about Youth Thrive. 

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Policy Change to Promote Early Relational Health

July 2022

The early and foundational relationships that babies and toddlers experience with their parents shape the health and well-being of two generations. This brief highlights opportunities to promote early relational health with policy change and investments, including with existing programs, pandemic funding, and pending legislation in Congress.

(6 pp)

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Willis & Friends: Advancing Early Relational Health in CA: From ACEs to Resilience

June 2022

Willis and Friends webinar ad: A Monthly Live Conversation with Experts from the Field of ERH.

Early Relational Health: Community Mapping Tool (PDF)

March 2023

The Early Relational Health Community Mapping Tool allows community leaders to (1) reflect on the ways in which their community currently supports and promotes the development of ERH, and (2) identify action steps to improve and expand upon those efforts. Download an editable version of the tool if you would like to type directly into the document.

(20 pp)