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Child Welfare and Early Childhood: Head Start and Child Care for Children in Child Welfare

This event was held on April 20, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Hosted by BUILD Initiative and the National Center for Infants and Toddlers (NCIT) Capacity-Building Hub

Approximately 40 percent of all children entering foster care are age five and under. When the child welfare and other systems address the needs of children and families, better outcomes result.  The BUILD Initiative and the National Collaborative for Infants & Toddlers (NCIT ) Capacity-Building Hub Spring 2022 webinar series is exploring why it is important to align the early childhood and child welfare systems; the negative impacts of racial disparities in child welfare systems for Black, Latino, and Native American children and families; and ways to strengthen the collaboration between early childhood and child welfare.  The next event in the series, taking place April 20th, will explore Head Start and Child Care for children in child welfare.

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?  Join BUILD, the NCIT Capacity-Building Hub and speakers from the California Emergency Child Care Bridge program to explore these questions.

Learn more and register for the series or specific events here.

For background information on Child Welfare and Early Childhood Cross-Systems Collaboration, check out this collection of resources on the BUILD website.


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