These resources are from the fourth webinar of the Child Welfare and Early Childhood: Cross-Systems Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families series.
The advantages of Head Start participation for young children and their parents has long been demonstrated. High quality child care supports brain development, advances school readiness, and develops social and emotional skills that benefit children through their lives. Case workers often encounter barriers to enrollment and retention in Head Start and high quality child care, for children in foster care. What are those barriers? What can be done to alleviate those barriers? What is being done at the state level to increase enrollment? How can federal policy support greater access to these ECE programs for foster children? How can the workforce in both of these programs be trained and supported to respond better to children who may present with trauma symptoms and challenging behavior?
Access the webinar recording here.
Access the slide deck here.
Additional Resources Shared During the Webinar:
- Head Start and Child Care for Children in Child Welfare
- Strengthening California’s Emergency Child Care Bridge Program
- Bridge Program for Foster Children Data from 12 Sample Counties
- The Advantage fact sheet on Head Start and Child Welfare
- NHSA’s Head Start Research Compendium 2
- NHSA’s Health Benchmark and Trends Report
Preschool Development Grant B-5 Application Preparation: National TA Collaborative to Maximize Early Childhood Investments
Video October 6, 2022
In this webinar we heard from a few national early childhood technical assistance leaders about how we view the opportunity of the PDG B-5 funding and the resources and supports available to state leaders who might want support during the application process.
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.