DCYF-DEL Family Support Services and ECE Practitioners - Prenatal to Age 3
August 6th, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM: Monday: AM -PRE Concurrent Sessions
Dept of Children, Youth, & Families
Track: Practitioners
Category: Pathways to Equity: Family Engagement
Session Description: This interactive half-day workshop for you (the practitioner) is focused on family support and prenatal to age three needs, offerings, and opportunities. Programs which provide support directly to families of infants and toddlers offer early opportunities to prevent children and families from entering the child welfare system. When interventions are largely home-based, and are largely designed to support the caregiver's work with their child or children, what works best?

This workshop will capitalize on your knowledge and experiences to create a current picture of what's working well with children from prenatal to age three, and what is needed. You and the other participants will work with program staff from the state's family support programs (child abuse prevention, culturally and linguistically appropriate delivery of services, home visiting, early intervention, physical activity and nutrition, health and mental health consultation, infant-toddler consultation, infant-toddler program licensing, trauma-informed care for families facing behavioral health challenges, and others) to identify what these state programs offer, and how the programs might better serve their needs.

This is an exciting time in prevention. With the creation of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, we seek to work with clients and providers to improve the design of our programs. Your experiences and wisdom can be particularly influential. Join us in this workshop to help create the future of family support programs in Washington. The workshop will also give you access to program descriptions and links, practical tips, tools and resources, and information about upcoming opportunities.
Learning Objectives. Please share 3 key objectives:

1) Participants will share their perspective on what is working well and what is needed to support infants and toddlers and their families.

2) Participants will work with staff from state programs that serve these families to learn about what the programs offer, where they are heading, and the particular ways they can be most useful to practitioners. One area of focus will be on how practitioners might use these programs to best serve children and families in the context of their communities, especially in ways that improve equity and culturally and linguistically appropriate client and community engagement.

3) Participants will help explore connections between early learning and child welfare systems and help to advise alignment and new offerings.