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New PI briefs and videos connect community safety and early childhood development 

Early childhood is a critical time that shapes opportunities and outcomes for a lifetime, yet little attention has been given to the deleterious impact community violence can have on young children. New PI resources explore the linkages between safety and child development, making the case for preventing violence and community trauma. When community environments are safe, they can provide thriving conditions for communities, families, and young children. 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation made a bold investment to bring together Prevention Institute and the Center for the Study of Social Policy for Cradle to Community, a joint project that laid the foundation for critical work at the intersection of healthy child development and community safety. Together with the UNITY City Network and Early Childhood LINC, the project identified strategic policy, practice, systems, and norms change levers to make communities safer so that all children have the opportunity to develop optimally. In A Word from Our Funder: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, RWJF’s Martha Davis discusses the importance of addressing early childhood development and community safety, as part of the foundation’s mission to achieve a Culture of Health.

New Cradle to Community resources build on existing science to address community-level factors and build a pathway to safer communities in the long term:

  1. The imperative of safety: How community safety supports optimal early childhood development: This fact sheet highlights the research on the impact of violence and safety on early childhood development, underscoring the importance of taking action to promote community safety in support of optimal early child development.
  2. Minimizing the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences through a Focus on Adverse Community Experiences: This brief explains the relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and adverse community experiences, making the case and providing emerging strategies to address community trauma and build community resilience.
  3. From a cycle of violence to a culture of safety: Leveraging connections to prevent multiple forms of violence: This paper draws on recent research and analysis about connections between child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and community violence and makes the case for an integrated movement for safety in our homes and communities.

PI also released new videos about the Cradle to Community approach. In What Does “Cradle to Community” Mean to You?, members of PI’s UNITY City Network CSSP’s Early Childhood LINC network reflect on the role we all play in nurturing children from Cradle to Community. Other videos can be found on the web pages for the publications described above.

More Cradle to Community resources will follow very soon, including a report summarizing the Cradle to Community system, briefs on emerging topics ( i.e. changing systems, norms, and outcomes for young fathers; and engaging the community development sector for joint outcomes), and profiles about communities taking action. Be sure to receive these materials by contacting Alisha Somji alisha@preventioninstitute.org. 

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Videos: Violence prevention and early childhood leaders discuss the intersection between the two fields 

Watch Emily Bustos from Denver and Chris Gunther from New Orleans discuss how elements of the community environment impact safety and child development.  

Speaking Truth to Power: 5 Key Themes and Directions for Violence Prevention 

In recognition of the shifting national landscape, nearly 25 leaders in community violence prevention gathered to strategize about where we go from here – for cities and counties, and as a network and movement – in support of safer communities.

A Good Solution Solves Multiple Problems 

PI and Futures Without Violence partnered to develop this publication that lays out the connections among child abuse, intimate partner violence, and community violence, and explores prevention strategies that move beyond silo-ed approaches.  

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