Essentials for Childhood
Child maltreatment is a significant public health problem, but it is also a preventable one. Essentials for Childhood, a strategic framework developed by the CDC, presents a roadmap to align and support Georgia stakeholders committed to the positive development of children and families, and specifically to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The steps suggested in the Essentials for Childhood Framework help create neighborhoods, communities, and a nation in which every child can thrive.
Essentials for Childhood in Georgia
is a multidisciplinary partnership that proposes strategies to promote the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children.
Georgia Essentials does this by examining data; proposing strategies and programs; advocating for policies; and building partnerships and general awareness.
The Essentials for Childhood framework provides an approach to:
- Move away from the focus of “fixing” or punishing bad parents to empowering and developing successful parents through policies and programs.
- Enrich existing work to improve conditions for children and families.
Large-scale social change comes from better cross-sector coordination rather than from the isolated intervention of individual organizations. Collective Impact initiatives from across the nation demonstrate that substantially greater progress is made in alleviating many of our most serious and complex social problems when nonprofits, governments, businesses, and the public work together, uniting their efforts around a shared purpose and common agenda.
This Collective Impact strategy focuses on deep cross-sector collaboration to:
- coordinate and manage existing and new partnerships with other child serving organizations and non-traditional partners;
- work with partners to identify strategies across sectors;
- identify, coordinate, monitor and report on the strategies implemented by multi-sector partners;
- coordinate improvement processes (e.g., continuous quality improvement) for multi-sector partners to refine strategies; and
- document state-level impact of these efforts.
What makes Essentials different?
- Focuses on the broader social, economic and political environment and the forces at play that create undo stress on families- eroding their ability to provide nurturing relationships.
- Emphasizes policy-level impacts as core to the strategy and addresses a holistic array of factors leading to child maltreatment, versus a specific cause or single factor.
- Takes an “all in” approach where every entity can play an instrumental role, and invites nontraditional partners to be part of the solution.
- Presents a multifaceted approach to a complex set of conditions and assumes that all sectors and constituents must act and interact differently- with a common vision of what is possible.
1: Georgia has created the context for healthy children and families through policies.
- Objective 1.1 Increase policy development and implementation that positively impacts the lives of children and families in Georgia.
2: Georgia is committed to creating safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments and preventing
- Objective 2.1 Increase the use of strategic communications and collective action to create safe, stable nurturing relationships and environments.
3: Create the context for healthy children and families through programs.
- Objective 3.1 Increase the consistent use of AIRS Taxonomy terms among I&R providers.
- Objective 3.2 Increase the availability of information about evidence-based programs for consumers.
- Objective 3.3 Increase the availability of evidence based, research informed and promising practice-based parenting skills programs to Georgia families.
4: Georgia has created the context for healthy children and families through norms change.
- Objective 4.1 Increase public perceptions that we all share responsibility for the well-being of children.
- Objective 4.2 Increase public perceptions that all parents and caregivers need help at times
5: Georgia uses data to inform solutions.
- Objective 5.1: Increase the use of the BRFSS ACEs data in creating safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments.
- Objective 5.2: Increase the use of other data sets for planning and evaluation purposes.
Essentials for Children is a framework out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and like Georgia, being implemented in many states across the nation. The Georgia team is led by Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (housed at GSU), The Georgia Department of Public Health-Injury Prevention Program and The Georgia Division of Families and Children Services- Prevention and Community Support Section.
Steering Committee members represent the following organizations:
Partners represent a variety of agencies and organizations that service on one or more of five working groups: Policy, Communications and Outreach, Data, Programs, and Systems Integration.
Interested in becoming one of the partners listed below? Contact Essentials@gsu.edu.
- ACEs Connection Network
- Advantage Consulting
- Aha! Strategy + Civic Dinners
- Banyan Communications
- Boy Scouts of America – Atlanta Area Council
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia
- Emory University School of Medicine
- Emory University School of Nursing
- GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
- Georgia Academy of Family Physicians
- Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness
- Georgia Association for Education of Young Children
- Georgia Bureau of Investigation
- Georgia CASA
- Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
- Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
- Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
- Georgia Department of Education
- Georgia Department of Public Health
- Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
- Georgia Division of Family and Children Services – Prevention and Community Support Section
- Georgia Equality
- Georgia Family Connection Partnership
- Georgia State University School of Public Health
- Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
- Healthy Families Georgia
- Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia
- Interfaith Children’s Movement
- Mental Health America of Georgia
- National SafeCare Training and Research Center
- Office of the Child Advocate
- Parents As Teachers
- Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
- Quality Care for Children
- Resilient Georgia
- Strengthening Families Georgia
- The Center for Family and Community Wellness, Inc
- United Way of Greater Atlanta
- United Way of the Coastal Empire
- United Way of the CSRA
- University of Georgia – Center for Family Research
- University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension
- Voices for Georgia’s Children
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