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  • Strengthening Families and ECCS—Making the Connections C E N T E R F O R T H E S T U D Y O F S O C I A L P O L I C Y
  • Strengthening Families began as a search for a new approach to child abuse prevention that:
    • Is systematic
    • Is national
    Reaches large numbers of children Has impact long before abuse or neglect occurs Promotes optimal development for all children
  • Strengthening Families has inspired an approach to family support services that 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
  • the protective factors framework Parental Resilience Social Connections Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development Concrete Support in Times of Need Social and Emotional Development
  • The Research 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
  • Program Strategies that build Protective Factors CAN prevention/ optimal development Parental Resilience Social Connections Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development Concrete Supports Social Emotional Development
    • Shifts in:
    • Policy
    • Resources
    • Cross-system relationships
    • Support structure
    • To support program implementation
    protective factors quality early care and education state & national systems
  • strengthening families national 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 Children’s 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
  • Program Implementation
    • Use of the self-assessment to develop a Strengthening Families action plan
    • Training on protective factors and family strengthening
    • Small pots of funds for action plan implementation
    • Learning networks
    • Mentoring, supervision or other professional development approaches
  • levers for change Parent Partnerships Infrastructure and Policy Changes Professional Development Early Childhood-Child Welfare Linkages local, state, federal policy
  • What can SF contribute to 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    The Seven Infrastructure Elements
  • 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
  • For more information on ECCS
    • Visit:
    • http://www.state-eccs.org/
    • Email:
    • [email_address]
  • WA slides
  • IL slides
  • Sharing
    • What has your state done to connect it’s SF and ECCS?
    • How have these connections contributed to your ECCS work?
    • How have these connections contributed to your Strengthening Families work?
  • Discussion—How can we deepen the connection between ECCS and SF?
    • Within our individual states?
    • Across our networks?
    • At a national level?