On July 11, 2017, Over 100 representatives from the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity (4CA) met with policymakers in Sacramento to discuss ways to stop the widespread and long-term effects of childhood adversity on the state's families, communities, and economy. 

The event began with a morning at The California Endowment, where we learned about advocacy. Senator Holly Mitchell fired up the crowd, Will Ing from The California Endowment and Tara Ficek from First 5 LA shared the latest from philanthropy, and we we were treated to a brief excerpt from the play Trigger. The morning activities were followed by an afternoon on the Capital, where we spoke to 85 legislative offices.


Below are links to the information we shared at Policymaker Education Day.


Follow the story #4CAKIDS2017


Read an interview with Ted Lempert, Children Now on KPBS.org 

See the article in Capitol Weekly highlighting the event

Check out some blog posts: ACEsConnection.org; Sonoma County ACEs Connection; California ACEs in ActionParent and Youth Leaders Educate Policymakers on ACEs 

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4CA is grateful to the Work Group members planning Policymaker Education Day and creating for this event training materials and handouts on childhood adversity. The Campaign thanks the many people and organizations whose contributions will ensure this event is a success.

Hosting a day for campaign members and others to meet with California policymakers is one of 4CA's priority tactics for 2017. This tactic supports Objective 1 of the 4CA Action Plan, Raise Awareness.

4CA Policymaker Education Day on Childhood Adversity was funded by First 5 LA, Kaiser Permanente, and The California Endowment.