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.
Publications & Resources
Perspectives on Early Relational Health Series
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.
LEaP Pad: Authentically Engaging Community
Lessons from TCE’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative
In February 2022, CSSP hosted the final session in this installment of LEaP. This LEaP PAD focused on how foundations can authentically partner, and share power, with community residents. The session also highlighted the role of learning and evaluation in disrupting systems of oppression. This LEaP PAD featured:
- Ms. Towanda Sherry, East Oakland Resident Leader & Organizer
- Shiree Teng, East Oakland BHC Learning & Evaluation Team Member
Using Data from the Youth Thrive Survey to Improve Practice
This resource explores how teaming meetings build and strengthen young people’s Protective and Promotive Factors (PPFs) and includes considerations for how to elevate young people’s voice and engagement in teaming meetings.
Breaking the Stigma and Changing the Narrative: Strategies for Supporting Expectant and Parenting Youth Involved in Systems of Care
This report provides an overview and critique of research findings about expectant and parenting youth and the stigma associated with young parenthood. It also discusses four strategies to break the stigmatization of expectant and parenting youth, and thereby increase the likelihood of improved outcomes for young parents and their children.
Protective Factors for Youth Involved in Systems of Care
This report examines the importance of intentionally and actively targeting protective factors, in addition to risk factors, in an effort to promote healthy development and well-being in youth involved in systems of care.
Promoting the Well-Being of Black, Native, Latinx, and Asian Youth Involved in Systems of Care
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.
Shifting the Perceptions and Treatment of Black, Native, and Latinx Youth Involved in Systems of Care
The purpose of this report is to examine the nature and impact of distorted racial perceptions of Black, Native, and Latinx youth involved in systems of care; identify the ways in which these systems are failing them due to distorted racial perceptions; and propose strategies that will mitigate the influence of racism in these systems and promote individual and systems decision making and practice that is developmentally appropriate, nurturing, and equitable for all youth.
Willis & Friends: Transcending Barriers of Whiteness for Next Generation Well-Being
What We Owe Young Adults Involved with Child Welfare: A Youth Thrive Policy Agenda
We owe young people who age out of care the structure and supports that they need to thrive. To fulfill this obligation and to remove barriers to thriving, we need new investments to support these young people. This policy agenda highlights key opportunities to advance the health and well-being of young people who are involved with child welfare systems.