Carry the Vision

Coalition leaders of Our Vision – Our Voice, or “VOZ”, through the Recovery Café framework, seeks to catalyze innovative economic development strategies, rooted in lived experience, community wisdom and power, that lead to local capacity-building, healing and recovery, equitable community investments, and sustainable alternatives to workforce development strategies that benefit families and individuals impacted by trauma and who are disproportionately represented in our criminal justice system. VOZ will expand and strengthen existing promotora models within cross-system collaboration efforts with the goal of demonstrating improved access to health care and prevention services, housing and child-neglect and violence prevention services in South Santa Clara County and East San Jose. VOZ will bring training and technical support, and ongoing implementation guidance to community leaders, organizations, and promotoras who seek to establish worker-owned co-operatives.


  • Carry the Vision
  • San Ysidro Nueva Vida
  • Valley Palms Unidos
  • South County Youth Task Force (SCYTF)
  • Recovery Café Network
  • Vision y Compromiso
  • Santa Clara County Criminal Justice Agencies (Probation, District Attorney, Reentry Services)
  • Santa Clara County Public Health Department
  • City of Gilroy Police Department
  • City of Gilroy Recreation Department


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Children Now

Acting as a “connector” to boost the Bay Area’s ability to prevent and treat trauma among young kids and their families in a localized, culturally competent way, Children Now will work to advance investments in programmatic supports and services that support Black, brown, and low-income children birth to age 5. Children Now will: 1) leverage partnerships and communications assets to target Bay Area providers and families and raise awareness about the effects of toxic stress and the availability of trauma screenings in pediatric settings; 2) ensure state funding of community-based organizations (CBOs) that work to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and/or support families who have experienced ACEs; and 3) develop a coordinated advocacy plan that leverages the strengths of many coalitions to urge policymakers to adopt state funding of CBOs as part of the solution. The ultimate goal: to ensure that the number ACEs experienced by young children is reduced and that those who have experienced ACEs, and their families are screened and connected to services that can help them to thrive.


  • Children Now
  • ACEs Aware Provider Engagement Subcommittee, which represents clinical providers and health plans
  • ACEs Aware Communication Subcommittee, which represents various state-level organizations committed to educating communities about the work of ACEs Aware
  • California Behavioral Health Task Force, which represents people living with behavioral health conditions, family members, advocates, providers, health plans, counties, and state agency leaders
  • All Children Thrive Equity Advisory Group (ACT-CA EAG), comprised of community organizations who are invested in ensuring cities are able to create neighborhoods that support the health and wellness of children
  • The Children’s Movement of California, led by Children Now, a network of more than 4,300 direct service, business, parent, student, civil rights, faith, and community groups who care about kids and want to see public policies that support their best interests. More than 1,600 members of The Children’s Movement are located in the 12 Bay Area counties.


First 5 Monterey County

Early childhood advocates from Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties created the Central Coast Early Childhood Advocacy Network, an equitable, joyful and resilient community acting collectively so that every child and caregiver thrives and reaches their full potential. The Network will work to increase knowledge and capacity for advocacy among parents and community partners with the mission to strengthen and advocate for policies and systems that support thriving families. It will also focus on increasing political support and collaboration between parents, providers, organizational leaders and elected officials to develop community-resonant two-generational policy solutions that address: racial & gender equity, family economic stability, root causes of adversity, trauma-informed healing, and positive childhood experiences and environments.


  • First 5 Monterey County
  • First 5 Santa Cruz County
  • First 5 San Benito County
  • Live Oak Cradle to Career Initiative
  • Bright Beginnings
  • Head Start Santa Cruz
  • Child Care Local Planning Councils Monterey County & Santa Cruz County
  • Santa Cruz County CORE Institute


La Luz

Sonoma County Parents/Padres LEAD’s vision is that Sonoma County Latinx and other under-resourced families achieve social equity. Providing leadership and empowering them to use their voice to support advocacy efforts that strengthen families and early childhood education to shape policies that strengthen the well-being, and combat adversity, of marginalized young children and families. Leading the pathway to increasing parent participation in Sonoma County leadership positions, this partnership will work to develop parent voice and provide leadership development to parents to support their advocacy efforts for policies that strengthen families and early childhood education while working to increase parent participation in Sonoma County leadership positions. Moreover, the project will connect families with children from birth to five with wrap-around, two-generation services to improve family well-being and children’s educational attainment.


  • La Luz
  • Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
  • Corazon Healdsburg


Mission Economic Development Agency

Children and families in the Mission District face many systemic inequities, including barriers to economic mobility. To advance racial justice and address these disparities, the Mission Promise Neighborhood Early Learning Network, a subset of the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN), strives to ensure that more children and families are able to benefit from the high-quality early care, education programs, and wraparound services that comprise the MPN blueprint. Composed of partners focused on increasing early care and education slots, early literacy, parent leadership, and early learning transitions, the MPN Early Learning Network will work to institutionalize systems within the City of San Francisco that support cross-sector collaboration in the design and implementation of birth-to-5 programs.


  • Mission Promise Neighborhood Early Learning Network
  • Mission Promise Neighborhood
  • Instituto Familiar de la Raza
  • Tandem
  • Partners in Early Learning
  • Good Samaritan Family Resource Center
  • Felton Institute
  • Support for Families of Children with Disabilities


The Primary School

Together with our partners, The Primary School is creating a new school model that fundamentally reimagines how to support the life trajectory of children most impacted by systemic poverty and racism.  Our unique model brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age.

Our approach has three defining characteristics: 1) Start Early. We provide robust, universal developmental screening prior to preschool and offer a rich preschool program focused on whole-child development to reach children at a critical stage in development. 2) Partner with Parents. We believe that when parents thrive, children thrive, so we support the wellness and growth of parents alongside the growth of their children. 3) Integrate services. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs. All In For Kids will support our pre-preschool and preschool programs, parent wellness program, and health-systems partnerships.


  • The Primary School
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center


Safe & Sound

The San Francisco Community of Care (SF CoC) project will support the transformation of the current child protection system into a 21st Century family and child well-being system that helps all families thrive from the start. The child and family well-being system we envision is one where social determinants of health lead to positive outcomes through social and community connections, including access to high quality child care, education, medical care, affordable housing, and economic stability. SF CoC will create a more integrated and robust well-being system that connects families prenatal to age five to resources—in particular Family Resource Centers—to build protective factors and increase family stability, along with the co-creation with families of policies and practices that support a re-imagined system for child and family well-being.


  • Safe & Sound
  • San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Council (SF CAPC)
  • San Francisco Strengthening Families and Community Task Force (SFCTF)
  • UCSF Center for Child and Community Health’s Toxic Stress Network Improvement Community (TONIC)


Young Women’s Freedom Center

To reduce adverse experiences of young people caught in cycles of intimate, community, and state violence and of the children of mothers and gender-expansive people who are incarcerated, Young Women’s Freedom Center (YWFC) will work to better support children who are criminalized, and the children of parents who are. Through work with public systems and community partners at three Bay Area sites, we will provide the support needed to bring young people newly released from the juvenile jails they have worked to close, into the Siblings on the Rise program. In addition to a guaranteed income that gives systems-involved young people the space and support to be exposed to options for themselves and then pursue either education or job training and internships as well as leadership development, participants will work with life coaches to create life self-determination plans that include personal goals, goals related to reducing the systems involved in their lives, professional and leadership goals, and goals related to relationships with their families and/or guardians.


  • Young Women’s Freedom Center
  • Youth Law Center, Dr. Marilyn Jones (Because Black Is Still Beautiful), NYU (Evaluation)
  • In Alameda County, San Francisco and Santa Clara YWFC will be partnering with Probation, The Public Defenders Office, Human Services Agencies, judges, and community partners.