Essentials for Childhood Initiative

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The Washington State Essentials for Childhood (EfC) vision is that all children in Washington State thrive in safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments.

Launched in 2013, Washington state’s Essentials for Childhood (EfC) is a statewide collaborative initiative to reduce child maltreatment and promote equitable well-being outcomes for children and families. The initiative works to increase family resilience and promote key protective factors by:

  • Facilitating coordination and collaboration between system partners, communities, and families.
  • Investing in state and local systems of services and supports for children and families.
  • Promoting community capacity building and positive social norms.
  • Advancing policy and system-level changes that create the context for healthy families and address root causes of child abuse and neglect.

Our broad and diverse cross-sector partnerships are continually growing.

For current Essentials for Childhood projects and activities please visit our WA Portal page.

Contact Us

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Essentials for Childhood Coordinator.