ACEs Aware Series

Investing in our Children / Invirtiendo en Nuestros Niños

California Strong Start Index


New Tool to Ensure California’s Babies and Young Children Get the Services They Need


First 5 Association of California and Children’s Data Network (CDN) launched a new tool to help service providers, policymakers, and government agencies more effectively support children and families and direct resources where they are needed most. The California Strong Start Index uses information collected at birth to understand the conditions into which California’s babies are born in a given neighborhood, county, or region. The index focuses on resources that promote resilience and shows wide variability in access to these resources among the half a million babies born in California each year. Visit to see how babies are faring in your community and how you can use the Strong Start Index to advocate for children and families across California.