The Children and Families Commission of Orange County has identified, funded and supported programs with demonstrable positive impacts on children’s health and school readiness. Strong strategic partnerships have allowed the Commission to leverage collective resources to better meet the challenges associated with keeping children healthy and ready to learn. The CDN has been funded by the Commission to design and implement a randomized evaluation of Orange County’s new child maltreatment initiative, The Neighborhood Resource Network, using linked administrative records. In a separate collaboration, the CDN will conduct a linkage and analysis of Orange County birth, child protection and Bridges Maternal Child Health Network (Bridges) records. This study will evaluate the outcomes of infants receiving home visiting services.
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