Approximately 40 percent of all children entering foster care are age five and under. Addressing the needs of these children and their families is critical to helping child welfare systems and early childhood systems achieve better outcomes.
The BUILD Initiative is pleased to announce a new five-part webinar series, Child Welfare and Early Childhood: Cross-Systems Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families, that explores ways to strengthen the collaboration between early childhood and child welfare. Join us for the second webinar of this series.
This session will look at what it will take for the child welfare workforce and the early childhood workforce to collaborate? What are the differences in priorities and orientations that challenge collaboration? What skills and training does the CW workforce need to better understand early childhood programs and the needs of young children? What skills and training does the early childhood workforce need to understand the pressures and priorities of the child welfare workforce? At what levels (service delivery, program management, policy) does collaboration need to occur?
- Darneshia Allen, Early Childhood Court Teams, Zero to Three
- Erinn Havig, Primary and Community Prevention Lead, DCYF Washington
- Minette Mason, Child Welfare-Early Learning Project Lead, DCYF Washington
Article January 21, 2022
As race, racism, anti-racism, equity and inclusion become front and center across multiple facets of American life, culture, politics, and institutions, directors across California say now is the time to work together as child welfare leaders to better understand and dismantle dominant and oppressive culture characteristics that exist in the system, both for the benefit of the workforce and for the children and families served.
Report January 21, 2022
This resource from the Child and Family Policy Institute of California identifies steps to support child welfare directors.
Website January 21, 2022
The California Child Welfare Core Practice Model is a statewide effort to develop and implement a framework to support child welfare practice and allow child welfare professionals to be more effective in their roles. The CPM is intended to guide practice, service delivery, and decision-making.