Site Visit Report: State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families-Early Head Start Partnership, Early Childhood Child Welfare Collaboration Project
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Published: October 2014
In 2011, the Children's Bureau awarded the Connecticut (CT) Department of Children and Families (DCF) a grant to implement the Early Childhood Child Welfare Collaboration Project (ECCWCP). The project was a collaborative effort between the CT DCF, Head Start (HS), and partner programs/organizations. The purpose of the project was to provide staff training to enhance services and case management for families and to build collaborations to help ensure that children in foster care, ages birth to 5, were referred for quality early childhood services. DCF wanted to ensure that children were meeting developmental milestones and that other education-related performance markers were consistently met. DCF recognized that it did not have the resources on its own to meet all these needs, so it collaborated with other agencies to help families and to promote systemic change.
Connecticut; Head Start; Interagency Collaboration; Foster Care; Foster Children; Education; Child Development