National Initiatives

Children's Outcomes Project

A learning community made up of eight state and community-based initiative teams and a group of national program and advocacy experts. Each team is pursuing strategies to promote integrated, multi-sector, place-based initiatives across the country - in Alameda and Orange Counties, California; as well as other locations across the US.

Early Connections

Implemented by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, First 5 Alameda County and United Advocates for Children and Families, Early Connections is a community effort to promote wellbeing of children ages birth to five who are at risk for or have social, emotional, behavioral and related developmental concerns. Guided by the "system of care" framework, Early Connections seeks to strengthen and sustain Alameda County's services and supports so that they are more accessible, integrated, family driven and culturally and linguistically responsive. 
Funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA)

Frontiers of Innovation

The Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) community includes policymakers, researchers, practitioners and philanthropists and is designed to catalyze cross-sector, cross-disciplinary collaboration and high-impact strategies for innovation in the field of early childhood policy and practice.

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Hayward Promise Neighborhood

The Hayward Promise Neighborhood initiative provides comprehensive, high-quality educational and social support to ensure the long-term health, safety, and economic well-being of the entire community. The priorities are supporting Hayward children, families and residents through clinics, positive school climate practices, teacher trainings, school readiness for students and more.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education

Help Me Grow Alameda County

Help Me Grow Alameda County

Help Me Grow Alameda County is an efficient system of early identification and referral that supports children ages 0-5 with developmental, behavior and/or social-emotional concerns and their families. Help Me Grow builds collaboration across sectors, including health care, early care and education and family support to ensure better outcomes for children.

Funded By First 5 Alameda County and Alameda County Public Health/Child Health and Disability Prevention Program

Home Visiting

The Home Visiting initiative funds county and community agencies to provide pre-natal and post-partum home visiting services targeting teen parents, high risk families and families whose babies have been in the neo-natal intensive care unit. Home visiting services supports families to provide the best start in their child’s life through comprehensive and individualized supports. 

Funded by First 5 Alameda County, AC Public Health , California Maternal and Child Health.

Project Launch

Project Launch

Project LAUNCH is a five-year initiative that promotes the wellness of young children, birth to 8 years of age in selected states and communities across the country. Project LAUNCH will work with The California Endowment’s East Oakland Building Healthy Communities (EOBHC) and other initiatives to leverage resources, link services, identify unmet needs and gaps in services, and join forces to support the East Oakland community to thrive and prosper for generations to come. 

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)



Touchpoints™ is a program based on the work of developmental pediatrician, T. Berry Brazelton. Touchpoints™ training builds the capacity of early childhood professionals to support the expertise of families to provide sensitive, nurturing and developmentally informed caregiving. Providers identify opportunities to work collaboratively with families to achieve positive health and school readiness outcomes for children. Touchpoints™ training offers strategies for strengthening family-child, family-provider, and provider-provider relationships.
Funded by Project LAUNCH and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)