CB-CAP Tennessee (2-19-09)
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CB-CAP Tennessee (2-19-09) CB-CAP Tennessee (2-19-09) Presentation Transcript

    • Strengthening Families through Early Care and Education
      • 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.
    • Embed the five Strengthening Families factors in all systems
      • Shift focus from family deficits to family strengths and resiliency
      • Promote healthy child development and reduce incidence of child abuse and neglect
    • Reach large numbers of children & families through early care and education providers and influence other systems as well
    • How early childhood programs help prevent child abuse & neglect
    • Quality Programs have strategies that:
      • Facilitate friendships & mutual support
      • Strengthen parenting
      • Respond to family crises
      • Link families to service & opportunities
      • Facilitate children’s social & emotional development
      • Observe & respond to early warning signs of CAN
      • Value and support parents
    • Protective factors related to families
      • Parental resilience
      • An array of social connections
      • Adequate knowledge of parenting & child development
      • Concrete support in times of need, including access to necessary services such as mental health
    • Protective factor related to children
      • Healthy social & emotional development
    • Provide parents with encouragement and education
    • Act as an early warning & response system and intervene before abuse and neglect occurs
    • Build resiliency in children and parents
    • Continue to receive increased resources from government and private sector
    • Started taking a Power Point that explained the previous slides around to interested stakeholders – TEIS, Committee meetings- anyone who would listen.
    • Caught interest of Department of Human Services where quality child care in housed
    • Formed steering committee which then drafted a recommendation to DHS on how to proceed.
      • Importance of Steering Committee with interested stakeholders:
      • Child Care Grant
      • ECCS
      • Child Care Resource and Referral Agency
      • Head Start
      • DCS Case Manager Training
      • Whoever the early childhood players are in your state.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • All prevention programs were able to reframe what they’re doing in Protective Factor Language.
    • 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.
      • Teach Child Welfare about the Quality Rating System
      • Bring importance of quality early care to Case Managers’/Resource Parents’ awareness
    • People “get it”. It’s a easy sell.
    • Jeanne Brooks
    • Director, Tennessee Children’s Trust Fund
    • And CBCAP Lead
    • [email_address]
    • 615-532-5622