Whole Child Health and Wellness Collaborative

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Collaborative to Advance Whole Child Health and Wellness

Join an emerging cross-sector convening to create a statewide strategic plan to advance whole child health and wellness!

We have a unique opportunity in California:

  • California has the largest system of Expanded Learning programs (after school, before school, and summer learning) in the nation with over 4,500 sites serving over 900,000 children and youth annually. 
  • Expanded Learning quality is aligned with the latest research on the Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) and quality Expanded Learning programs are consistent with the conditions necessary for positive, healthy development, and positive outcomes for youth well into adulthood. 
  • Expanded Learning opportunities are one of the four pillars of a community school and addresses a second pillar as a vehicle for family engagement.
  • New National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Reports on Adolescent Development and Child Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health recommend cross-sector partnerships to advance positive outcomes for youth. 
  • With strong links to medical health, mental health, substance use prevention, intervention, and treatment systems, California’s Expanded Learning programs can build upon their foundation for positive youth development and become vehicles for whole child health and wellness! 

Access more details including:

  • A brief and more detailed overview of our efforts to create a multi-sector-informed statewide strategic plan to advance whole child health and wellness leveraging California’s investment in Expanded Learning.

If you are interested in attending future events, receiving updates from us, or indicating your support for this initiative please sign up here.

Should you have recommendations on other essential partners for us to engage email Heather,  CAN’s Director of Policy and Outreach. 

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Collaborative Supporters

Thank you to all of you who have dedicated your time and energy to leading, facilitating, engaging, and/or supporting this work on behalf of children and youth, and their families and communities across California.

If you are interested in attending future events, receiving updates from us, or indicating your support for this initiative please sign up here.