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
Strengthening Familiesbegan asa
search for anew approach to child
abuseprevention that:
Is systematic
Is national
Reaches ...
Strengthening Familieshasinspired an
approach to family support servicesthat
is: Universally available, not
targeted by ri...
theprotectivefactorsframework
Parental Resilience
Social Connections
Knowledge of Parenting and
Child Development
Concrete...
TheResearch Process:
Step 1: Search the evidence to find out what factors
influence child abuse and neglect
Step 2: Explor...
Program
Strategiesthat
build Protective
Factors
CAN
prevention/
optimal
development
Parental
Resilience
Social
Connections...
strengthening familiesnational network
26 States
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia,
Ha...
Program Implementation
• Use of the self-assessment to develop a
Strengthening Families action plan
IN MOST STATES
• Train...
leversfor change
Parent Partnerships
Infrastructure and Policy Changes
Professional Development
Early Childhood-Child Welf...
What can SF contributeto ECCS?
• A way to articulate and define family support
• A framework for bringing together multipl...
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 ...
ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8
How Does ECCS Work?
 MCHB provides funding to States
and other jurisdictions t...
ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8
The Five Key Components
The Teams are expected to include
representatives who a...
ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8
What needs to be addressed to
build a comprehensive system?*
• Governance
• Fin...
ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8
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 cros...
ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8
For more information on
ECCS
Visit:
http://www.state-eccs.org/
Email:
eccs@alta...
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...
Discussion—How can wedeepen
theconnection between ECCSand
SF?
• Within our individual states?
• Across our networks?
• At ...
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  • What is Strengthening Families?
    In 2001, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation approached the Center for the Study of Social Policy, wanting to fund a new and effective approach to child abuse and neglect prevention that would reach more children and families than ever. CSSP was charged with developing that approach.
    Big infusion of new money from the foundation for something that was going to be BIG
    Doris Duke was an orphan with no heirs, and when she died, she left her fortune to the Foundation and stipulated that one of its goals be to “prevent cruelty to children.”
    Strengthening Families grew out of this relationship between DDCF and CSSP.
  • Not building new programs or services—using a common framework for family strengthening as the backbone for:
    Engaging those who already see kids and families on a day-to-day basis as powerful partners
    Providing them knowledge, resources, tools and supports (NAEYC study)
    now
    Building relationships and creating a web of support for families
  • Heart of the model
    Grounded in research
    Provide a common core of practice that can be adapted to multiple settings
  • Step 1: Literature review by Erickson Institute,
    Step 2: Advisory Committee, National Dialogue process
    Step 3: 2 year study of ECE practice, all tools tied to protective factors—yields self-assessment
    Step 4: Implementation and policy framework developed in partnership with states on the ground
  • This slide represents several years of research and work in the field
    Started with the goal
    Protective factors were developed by:
    Lit review
    Structured dialogue sessions with practitioners and national experts in CAN and ECE
    Program strategies built upon:
    Structured field research
    All tools designed around PF
    Involved close to 100 ECE programs across the country
    Yielded a whole set of practice tools for ECe providers
    Most important is the self-assessment
    Two year pilot with seven states yielded a wealth of information about what types of changes need to be made at a state level to allow many more ECE programs to implement protective factors
  • National organizations with Strengthening Families Initiatives include:
    CSSP—Continuing to build out the model, pilot states, strategic technical assistance with states, coordinating the national network
    The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds—Reaching all CTF’s—Learning community of 19 states
    Zero to Three—PCAN curricula, State partnerships for prevention (12 states)
    NAEYC –Fellows (24 states), accreditation changes (971,000 children in 11,353 centers), new work on curricula for children who have experienced trauma
    The BUILD initiative—3 states
    And
    PAT (320,000 Children)
    OCAN has built the protective factors into PART—its framework for looking at outcomes for state child abuse and neglect prevention efforts funded with federal money. ECCS, CDC, NCCIC—also have shown interest in the Strengthening Families approach.
    National Funders for the approach now include:
    The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation—the initial funder of this work
    The A.L. Mailman Foundation
    The Blank Foundation
    The Annie E. Casey Foundation
    Casey Family Programs
    Summit brought together 300 individuals from 37 states
    Affiliate Organizations also have incorporated SF in key ways:
    Midwest Learning Center: Offers trainings in SF and Protective Factors
    National Registry Alliance:
    Parents as Teachers: Young Dads, Young Moms: A Curriculum for Peer-Facilitated Group Meetings
    Parent Services Project: Offers trainings of trainers in parent leadership and incorporates SF
  • Parent Partnerships
    Link to parent groups and organizations to create a more powerful leadership pool--GA
    Offer training and coaching for families to take leadership roles and for agencies to encourage them
    Engage parents in parent-to-parent conversation on how to build protective factors
    Customer satisfaction measures
    Infrastructure
    Licensing requirements--GA
    Quality Rating and Reimbursement Scales—AR, MO, ID
    Accreditation and credential requirements--AR
    Child and Family Service Reviews—IL and WI
    MOUs and other agreements—San Antonio and Head Start Contracts
    Professional Development
    Integration into curricula for CDAs, BAs, and AAs—SC, NH, AK
    In Service Trainings (e.g. CCR&Rs)—WI, NJ
    In-program training, supervision, and coaching—Carol Robertson
    Cross-trainings among agencies and disciplines—LA, PAT, Ohio
    Child Welfare/Early Childhood
    Children in foster care are enrolled in quality early childhood programs—IL
    Focus on developmental needs, trauma, and mental health for the youngest children in care—NJ local collaborations btw CCR&Rs and
    Cross trainings for caseworkers, teachers, and foster families and early childhood partners—WI foster parent training, WI local collaborative work
    Build protective factors for families connected to the child welfare system—IL Protective timeline, integrated assessment case planning, PIP
    ABA conversations—integrating this into training for judges, advocates and lawyers working with CW families
    ECE Comprehensive Systems Planning
    Build into Pre-K efforts—GA, NH
    Define family support through Protective Factors--WI
    Agree on overall goals for families to be part of all aspects of work
    SF as the family support platform for state ECCS family support plans—AR, AK, IL
    Link key services, such as mental health, family support, medical homes, early intervention, etc.—BUILD tool
  • Early intervention and child protection
    Quality ratings and parents and providers
    Pediatricians who don’t effectively refer to early intervention or who can’t address child care concerns
  • Within our individual states?
    Across our networks?
    At a national level?
    New grants
    Upcoming summit
  • Strengthening Families and ECCS (1.9.09)

    1. 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. 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. 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. 4. theprotectivefactorsframework Parental Resilience Social Connections Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development Concrete Support in Times of Need Social and Emotional Development
    5. 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. 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. 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 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
    8. 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. 9. leversfor change Parent Partnerships Infrastructure and Policy Changes Professional Development Early Childhood-Child Welfare Linkages local, state, federal policy
    10. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 15. ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8
    16. 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. 17. ALT ARUM INST ITUT E PRES ENT AT ION 200 8 For more information on ECCS Visit: http://www.state-eccs.org/ Email: eccs@altarum.org
    18. 18. WA slides •
    19. 19. IL slides •
    20. 20. 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?
    21. 21. Discussion—How can wedeepen theconnection between ECCSand SF? • Within our individual states? • Across our networks? • At a national level?

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