Project Description

New Child Adversity



California Department of Public Health, California Essentials for Childhood Initiative


The Essentials for Childhood Initiative from the Safe and Active Communities Branch at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in partnership with the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, launched a new set of child adversity and resilience data indicators on the website. The website provides an easy-to-use online platform with access to high-quality data on the status of California’s children. This is the first new data topic to be added to their website in six years. This new data resource represents a substantive accomplishment for the Essentials for Childhood Initiative because it brings together three related sources of data on child adversity and resilience in order to present the broader social determinants framework. These indicators add to the traditional Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) notion by providing data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (i.e., ACEs module adult retrospective data), the Maternal and Infant Health Assessment (i.e., postpartum women’s childhood hardships), and the National Survey of Children’s Health (i.e., parental report on current child adversity). The website also provides county-level data to inform local planning and implementation efforts in support of safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families. This is the culmination of the collaborative work of several California Essentials for Childhood Initiative partners, including, CDPH’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, First Five California, and ACEs Connection, among other partners.


To learn more visit the New Child Adversity and Resilience Data Topic on website