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Topic: Children and Families Initiative

Topic: Children and Families Initiative

When evaluating the accessibility of a healthcare resource, The Children’s Partnership President Mayra E. Alvarez often thinks of her mother. She asks herself whether her mother, an immigrant from Mexico who raised four daughters, would be able to navigate a specific application form or registration process easily. Growing up in San Diego, Alvarez witnessed firsthand … Continued

Topic: Children and Families Initiative

A child’s earliest years set the foundation for a lifetime of health, learning, and well-being. For 60 years, the Packard Foundation has worked to make sure that families have what they need to support their children’s health and development. While our grantmaking strategies have evolved over the years, our work has consistently focused on ensuring … Continued

Topic: Children and Families Initiative

Shirley and her husband Jason had a plan for the birth of their baby. When Shirley went into labor, they would go to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. They just hadn’t planned on going so soon. But when Shirley’s water broke just 24 weeks into her pregnancy, confused and worried, they rushed to Packard … Continued

Topic: Children and Families Initiative

Raising a family in the United States has perhaps never been more challenging than it is today, particularly in the aftermath of the pandemic. Child care has become more expensive and more difficult for working parents to secure. The costs for food, housing, clothing, school supplies, and utilities have skyrocketed as the economy shifts and … Continued

Topic: Children and Families Initiative

Every day, families across the nation rely on extended family members, friends, and neighbors (often referred to as FFN caregivers) to provide care for their children. These individuals play a vital role in nurturing the well-being of a vast majority of children in home-based, informal settings and are an essential part of today’s childcare system. While … Continued

Topic: Children and Families Initiative

The following post, written by Packard Foundation’s Katherine Beckmann, first appeared on June 16, 2021 in The Hill.  When I found out I was pregnant with my eldest son, my husband and I celebrated with family and friends — and immediately put our name on waiting lists for child care. Despite our planning, we couldn’t … Continued

Topic: Children and Families Initiative

In 2014, the Packard Foundation launched Starting Smart and Strong, a ten-year place-based early learning initiative in Oakland, Fresno, and East San Jose, California. The goal of the initiative is to significantly improve the quality of adult‐child interactions across all settings to ensure children grow up confident, ready to learn, and ready for kindergarten. Now … Continued

Topic: Children and Families Initiative

Supporting the Leaders Who Care for Children in California Our partners at Rockwood Leadership Institute prioritize relationships. Deep connection is a part of their organization’s ethos. Every meeting begins with smiling faces and weekend updates. Rockwood colleagues then ground attendees with breath work or a stretching exercise to create space for everyone to arrive, be … Continued

Topic: Children and Families Initiative

Behind the scenes of everyday life and activity, there is a network of family members, friends, and neighbors (FFN) who are caring for our nation’s youngest children. Often unnoticed, these individuals provide critical care to the vast majority of children in home-based, informal settings and are an essential part of the fabric of today’s childcare … Continued

Topic: Children and Families Initiative

While children are the beating heart of our communities, our nation’s youngest are not being kept safe from disease and affliction. Years of progress in reducing the number of uninsured children are being reversed. As we watch the devastating impact of COVID-19 take its toll on our communities and public health system, we are also … Continued