Strengthening Families and ECCS (1.9.09)

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  • 1. Strengthening Families and ECCS Making the Connections C E N T E R F O R T HE S T U DY O F S O C I A L PO L I C Y

2. Strengthening Familiesbegan asa search for anew approach to child abuseprevention that: Is systematic Is national Reaches large numbers of children Has impact long before abuse or neglect occurs Promotes optimal development for all children 3. Strengthening Familieshasinspired an approach to family support servicesthat is: Universally available, not targeted by risk Focused on development and growth, not only on identified problems Delivered through new, powerful partners not typically identified as CAN prevention or family support agents 4. theprotectivefactorsframework Parental Resilience Social Connections Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development Concrete Support in Times of Need Social and Emotional Development 5. TheResearch Process: Step 1: Search the evidence to find out what factors influence child abuse and neglect Step 2: Explore the connection between factors that prevent child abuse and neglect and what quality early childhood programs do to build them Step 3: Identify programs that build the factors and learn how they do it Step 4: Learn about policy and practice changes needed to infuse the model statewide through a partnership with 7 pilot states 6. Program Strategiesthat build Protective Factors CAN prevention/ optimal development Parental Resilience Social Connections Knowledgeof Parenting and Child Development Concrete Supports Social Emotional Development Shiftsin: Policy Resources Cross-system relationships Support structure To support program implementation protective factors quality early care and education state& national systems 7. strengthening familiesnational network 26 States Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, Washington, DC, Wisconsin 7 National Partner Organizations BUILD, FRIENDS National Resource Center for CB-CAP, National Alliance of Childrens Trust and Prevention Funds, NAEYC, NCCIC, Zero to Three, United Way 4 National Affiliate Organizations Midwest Learning Center for Family Support, National Registry Alliance, Parents as Teachers, Parent Services Project 8. Program Implementation Use of the self-assessment to develop a Strengthening Families action plan IN MOST STATES Training on protective factors and family strengthening IN SOME STATES Small pots of funds for action plan implementation Learning networks Mentoring, supervision or other professional development approaches 9. leversfor change Parent Partnerships Infrastructure and Policy Changes Professional Development Early Childhood-Child Welfare Linkages local, state, federal policy 10. What can SF contributeto ECCS? A way to articulate and define family support A framework for bringing together multiple players around a common set of goals Connections to CAN prevention, child welfare and early childhood communities Enthusiasm and energy 11. ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8 What is the purpose of ECCS? To assist States and Territories in their efforts to build and implement Statewide Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems that support all families and communities in their development of children that are healthy and ready to learn at school entry 12. ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8 How Does ECCS Work? MCHB provides funding to States and other jurisdictions to support State Early Childhood Teams system building activities Early Childhood Teams include all the agencies, organizations, and stakeholders involved in building a comprehensive system for young children 13. ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8 The Five Key Components The Teams are expected to include representatives who are involved in each of the five components Health care/medical home Early care and education Social and emotional development/mental health Family support Parenting education 14. ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8 What needs to be addressed to build a comprehensive system?* Governance Financing Communications Family leadership development Provider/practitioner support Standards Monitoring/accountability * Adapted from the work of the Early Childhood Systems Working Group 14 The Seven Infrastructure Elements 15. ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8 16. ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8 Why Build Systems? If I could have an ideal situation, I would like to see crossovers between professions and have them and the schools all work together have all the services in the State married together to look out for children. A Parent 17. ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8 For more information on ECCS Visit: Email: 18. WA slides 19. IL slides 20. Sharing What has your state done to connect its SF and ECCS? How have these connections contributed to your ECCS work? How have these connections contributed to your Strengthening Families work? 21. DiscussionHow can wedeepen theconnection between ECCSand SF? Within our individual states? Across our networks? At a national level?