The mission of the Children’s Initiative is to help San Diego County’s low-income children, youth and families thrive and prosper.  For more than 20 years, the Children’s Initiative has served as an advocate and custodian for effective policies, programs, and services that support the education, health, safety and well-being of children and families in San Diego County.




3625 Ruffin Road Ste. 100
San Diego, CA 92123

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The Children's Initiative and San Diego County have accomplished what previously was thought to be an impossible task: We build mutual confidence and skills among proponents with different views so that they can - and will - actively work together for children.

This immense task of getting government entities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector not only talking, but actually solving problems as a team has become a model that others are striving to emulate. Organizations and individuals from Imperial Beach to Oceanside, Washington to Sacramento, New Mexico to Delaware, Brazil to the Netherlands, regularly contact The Children's Initiative for advice and assistance.

Projects and partnerships initiated and implemented by The Children's Initiative have been used as examples by national leaders, such as United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, and former U.S. Drug Czar General Bruce McCaffrey, as proof of what partnership can accomplish. They have recognized that through capacity building, technical assistance and consultation services provided by The Children's Initiative, San Diego County has surpassed much of the country in addressing issues concerning children, youth and families.


The Report Card tells us how our children and families are faring in the domains of health, education, welfare, and economic support.

After school programs in San Diego County have reached new heights through the leadership and advocacy efforts of The Children's Initiative. Working with local officials, The Children's Initiative promoted a unique concept: that the need for safe after school programs is not...


Through a partnership between the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors and The Children's Initiative, San Diego County became one of the first national sites to plan, develop and implement the United States Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention...


Our Childhood Injury Prevention Program raises awareness and educates parents, caregivers and early childhood education staff on childhood injury prevention strategies to make homes, automobiles and communities safer for children ages zero through five.


The Children's Initiative works with local expanded learning programs to help struggling readers in 1st through 3rd grades get the extra literacy support they need to be proficient readers.


As a strategy to prepare students for higher learning through improving and broadening academic accomplishment in science, math, ecology and technology, Science Link will bring quality science/ecology/environmental education and hands-on activities to students in our local...


The Children's Initiative coordinates the Art Link project for after school programs throughout San Diego County. The Art Link project connects individuals with artistic talents to partner with after school programs to share their enthusiasm, expertise and creations.


The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), The Children's Initiative, in partnership with Jewish Family Services, brings The Positive Parenting Program, Triple P, to San Diego After School Consortium partner districts and charter schools serving expanded learning families.

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