Strengthening Families and ECCS (1.9.09)Presentation Transcript
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:
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
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
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
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
What needs to be addressed to build a comprehensive system?*
Family leadership development
* 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.
For more information on ECCS
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?