CB-CAP Tennessee (2-19-09)

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CB-CAP Tennessee (2-19-09)

  1. 1. <ul><li>Strengthening Families through Early Care and Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tennessee CBCAP is also the Children’s Trust Fund. We became involved in the Early Childhood Initiative through the Alliance of Children’s Trust Funds. </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Embed the five Strengthening Families factors in all systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shift focus from family deficits to family strengths and resiliency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote healthy child development and reduce incidence of child abuse and neglect </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reach large numbers of children & families through early care and education providers and influence other systems as well </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>How early childhood programs help prevent child abuse & neglect </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Programs have strategies that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate friendships & mutual support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthen parenting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respond to family crises </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link families to service & opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate children’s social & emotional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Observe & respond to early warning signs of CAN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value and support parents </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Protective factors related to families </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parental resilience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An array of social connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adequate knowledge of parenting & child development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concrete support in times of need, including access to necessary services such as mental health </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Protective factor related to children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy social & emotional development </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Provide parents with encouragement and education </li></ul><ul><li>Act as an early warning & response system and intervene before abuse and neglect occurs </li></ul><ul><li>Build resiliency in children and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to receive increased resources from government and private sector </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Started taking a Power Point that explained the previous slides around to interested stakeholders – TEIS, Committee meetings- anyone who would listen. </li></ul><ul><li>Caught interest of Department of Human Services where quality child care in housed </li></ul><ul><li>Formed steering committee which then drafted a recommendation to DHS on how to proceed. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li>Importance of Steering Committee with interested stakeholders: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child Care Grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ECCS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child Care Resource and Referral Agency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Head Start </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DCS Case Manager Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whoever the early childhood players are in your state. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Based on the written recommendation of the Steering Committee, DHS completed a contract with our CCR&R to hire a SF coordinator and 11 Parenting Liaisons to carry to SF message to Early Care in Tennessee. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>The 11 Parenting Liaisons are training Early Care centers throughout Tennessee on the model – working on helping early care centers redefine what they can mean to families. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>All prevention programs were able to reframe what they’re doing in Protective Factor Language. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Our CBCAP is in the Department of Children’s Services so we are also working to embed SF and the importance of quality Early Care into the Child Welfare system. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach Child Welfare about the Quality Rating System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring importance of quality early care to Case Managers’/Resource Parents’ awareness </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>People “get it”. It’s a easy sell. </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Jeanne Brooks </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Tennessee Children’s Trust Fund </li></ul><ul><li>And CBCAP Lead </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>615-532-5622 </li></ul>

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