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 kickoff webinar of this series and learn why it is important to align the early childhood and child welfare systems. Find out more about the negative impacts of racial disparities in child welfare systems for Black, Latino, and Native American children and families. This webinar will set the stage for the four additional webinars that follow.
- Dr. Aisha Ray, Distinguished Fellow, BUILD Initiative
- Dr. Renee Boothroyd, Implementation Specialist, University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham Development Institute
- Yvonne Goodsky, Deputy Director of Prevention and Operations, DHS, Minnesota
- Reanna Jacobs, ICWA Supervisor, DHS, Minnesota
- Dr. Cynthia L. Tate, BUILD Initiative
Save the dates for future webinars in the series:
- February 16, 2022 – 2:00 PM – 3:30PM EST – Cross-Systems Engagement
- March 16, 2022 – 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST – Prevention
- April 20, 2022 – 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST – Head Start and Child Care for Children in Child Welfare
- May 19, 2022 – 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST – Family First Prevention Services (FFPSA) Opportunities for Early Childhood Programs
Podcast October 4, 2022
Megan Waltz is Supervisor for Promotion and Prevention Unit within the Child Safety and Permanency Division at Minnesota Department of Human Services. Host Dr. Sherri Killins Stewart talks with Megan about how she develops systems that are more responsive to family needs by truly listening to the communities she serves.
Website October 3, 2022
The catalog include 319 community project proposals and 13 internal County projects submitted for the Kent County American Rescue Plan Act funds.
Website October 3, 2022
Kent County launched a comprehensive community engagement process in late May to allow residents an opportunity to help identify spending priorities for a portion of the funding we received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).