About 4CA

Following the 2014 California Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Summit, in January 2015 the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) convened a multi-sector group of leaders to form the California ACEs Policy Working Group (PWG), a public-private partnership of organizations committed to addressing the impacts of childhood adversity in California using a collective impact approach. Sectors represented in the PWG included child welfare, early childhood, education, health and youth justice.

Over the course of 2015, the PWG met regularly to develop a common policy agenda that lays the foundation state-level multi-sector advocacy efforts to address childhood adversity over the next three years.  In September 2015, the PWG came to consensus on key elements of the policy agenda. The “Action Plan to Address Childhood Adversity in California” was presented to a wider group of stakeholders in November 2015 at the ACEs Policy Convening in San Diego.

In 2016, Children Now joined the backbone team with Center for Youth Wellness and the PWG named its next phase of work to carrying out the Action Plan, the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity (4CA).

Drawing from and building on the original PWG membership, 4CA is guided by a Steering Committee, 5 SectorPpolicy Work Groups (SPWG), Campaign Membership, and supported by a Backbone Team.


Organizations involved

While the Campaign Membership is currently expanding, 4CA currently includes leaders from over 20 state agencies, provider organizations, advocacy groups, and other organizations that have a stake in improving California’s response to childhood adversity, including:

  • Children’s Defense Fund – California

  • First 5 Los Angeles

  •  Futures Without Violence

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • Opportunity Institute

  • PolicyLink

  • Public Health Institute

  • UCSF HEARTS Program

  • W. Haywood Burns Institute

  • Zero to Three


  • ACEs Connection

  • ACE Overcomers

  • Advancement Project

  • California CASA Association

  • California Department of Justice

  • California Department of Public Health

  • Center for Youth Wellness

  • Chadwick Center for Children & Families

  • Children Now

  • The Children’s Clinic, Serving Children and Families