The National Center for Healthy Safe Children offers resources and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, and local communities to come together to promote well-being. We believe that with the right resources and support, states and local communities can collaborate to foster safe and healthy school and community environments that prevent youth violence and support the overall well-being of all children and youth, regardless of their ZIP code.
The health and prosperity of our families, communities, and nation require an investment in the physical and emotional health of our young children. Nationwide, grantees are pioneering new ways to promote young child wellness through Project LAUNCH, a federal initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The purpose of Project LAUNCH is to promote the wellness of young children from birth to 8 years by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development.
From 1999-2018, Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) provided programs and services to school districts across the United States. The core of SS/HS was the development of school and community partnerships that improved collaboration across community organizations to improve access to mental health services, decrease youth violence, and promote early intervention. For the first fourteen years of the grant program, SS/HS served 365 local school districts and communities. In 2013, the SS/HS program moved from a locally funded to a state funded program. This new SS/HS program connected state policy and local implementation of policies and procedures to address youth violence and promote the well-being of children, youth, and families. SS/HS worked with 7 states and 21 pilot local communities to create an integrated network of programs, activities, and policies to improve the lives of children, youth, and families.