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Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competence

Equity Guide for Decision-Makers
This tool includes seven questions decision-makers should ask themselves when creating policy that will impact children and families, to ensure that equity is taken into account.
Equity Definitions
Definitions of key terms related to equity, inclusion, and cultural competence
Agency Staffing for Equity
Resource packet for assessing organizational readiness to hire and support a chief equity officer or similar position, with tools and sample job description
Curricula and Training Resources
List of vetted multimedia resources for training staff on equity, inclusion, and cultural competence
Taking Your Seat at the Table
A resource for families navigating state systems
Building an Inclusive Table
A resource for professionals on respecting and including family voice
Inclusive Language--LGBTQ+
A resource with recommended vocabulary to show respect to LGBTQ+ people
Inclusive Language--Disabilities
A resource with recommended vocabulary to show respect to people with disabilities

Behavior and Emotional Wellness

Trauma Definitions
Approved definitions of key terms related to child trauma
ACES Position Statement
Appropriate and inappropriate uses of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) questionnaire
Trauma Screening and Assessment
Tips and cautions on screening for trauma, with links to vetted resources 
Reducing the Use of Seclusion and Restraint
Toolkit with example policies and practices for reducing or eliminating the use of seclusion and restraint in facilities that house children
Positive Discipline Guide
Guide for educators on positive methods of classroom and behavior management 
Social-Emotional Learning Staff Position Recommendations
Suggested titles, responsibilities, qualifications, and funding sources for a school district mental health/SEL coordinator position

Infant Health and Wellness

Healthy Pregnancy App
This free app is called Liv, and promotes early prenatal care and education about pregnancy. It includes interactive calendar and journal features, more than 100 articles, checklists and how-to's based on best medical practices, and links to community resources.

Safe Sleep Crib Provider Locations
Locations that provide portable cribs to families who need one
Child Care Finder
Locate child care options, including information about quality ratings, subsidies, and more

Learn the Signs, Act Early
Information for families on developmental milestones and wellness for young children

Data and Information

Information Sharing Guide
This mobile-friendly guide summarizes how specific types of information about children and families can be shared between professionals, which parties can share this information, and who can receive the information.

State Programs for Children and Families

Kids Count Data Book

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for a Commission Subcommittee
To get involved, review the Strategic Plan and then email the Commission Executive Director with your interest area and relevant experience.

Volunteer to be a CASA
Court-appointed special advocates (CASAs) serve as the voice of a child in abuse, neglect, and termination of parental rights court proceedings.