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
Fact Sheet November 22, 2023
The document summarizes the work being done by organizations focused on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Report November 15, 2023
This brief focuses on the ways that states are using PDG B-5 grant funding to create and sustain career pathways in the early care and education field. “Career pathways” are broadly defined here, referring to a wide range of activities that support prospective and current early educators in advancing in the profession. States’ initiatives span an early educator’s complete career trajectory, from strategies to recruit new candidates into the profession to initiatives that create new specializations for educators who want to propel their careers further.
Report November 1, 2023
PDG B-5 Planning and Renewal Grants are being used by states across a wide range of content areas in the early childhood care and education system, and in a variety of ways. The federal funding provides a systems framework and seeks to offer flexibility within that framework. States are using the federal funding to build capacity, create infrastructure, provide direct services, and pilot work that is new for them. This work is occurring within a broad framework provided by the federal government. This brief explores the choices that PDG B-5 grantees plan for the use of the financing provided, which has impact on the overall ECCE systems that they are building and implementing. Within PDG B-5, states had to demonstrate how they would allocate the financial resources available across required and discretionary activity categories. We can learn about their priorities from a look at the choices that they made.