All families deserve healthy and safe places to live and play!
The Community Engagement and Advocacy Program supports three Regional Groups made up of 200 parents and residents to make Contra Costa County safer, healthier and more equitable for families. Participants receive staff support and training on leadership, advocacy, public health, policy change, public speaking and more. Regional Groups are empowered to shape public decisions that impact young children and their communities.
To build power and advocacy among underrepresented families with young children for a healthy, safe and equitable Contra Costa.
Advocacy Projects: Park Equity and Community Safety
Currently, the Groups are hard at work improving Contra Costa parks, streets and public policies impacting the health and safety of low-income communities.
After conducting comprehensive assessments of 75 parks in Antioch, Bay Point, Concord (Monument Community), Pittsburg and San Pablo, the Groups found that parks located in lower income communities were disproportionately plagued by crime, graffiti or unsafe conditions. They took their findings to local city councils and advocated for an equitable investment into the County’s most neglected parks. To date, the Groups have acquired $2.5 million in local funding to refurbish priority parks and provide all children with safe, vibrant places to play.
Safe and Complete Streets for Children
The Groups also have had advocacy victories garnering nearly $15 million in federal grants to make streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists on heavily trafficked streets in low-income neighborhoods in Concord and San Pablo.
Equitable Access to Safe Physical Activity
To increase access to sports and physical activity for low-income children, the Groups have partnered with local cities and provided low-cost classes to thousands of young children. Some programming takes place at our “priority parks” to promote park use and increased safety among parks identified in great need.
Community Organizing and Leadership Development
The Regional Groups are a strong community-led voice for young children across the County. They partner with 8 cities, serve on 6 collaboratives and invest thousands of volunteer hours annually to promote social justice, community power, and optimal childhood development.
Click on the links below to learn more about each Regional Group.