Site Visit Report: Broward's Infrastructure Design to Guide and Sustain Permanency for Young Foster Children (BRIDGES)
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Using a 17-month Children's Bureau (CB) infrastructure building grant, a group of human services agencies is working to ensure Broward County, Florida's early child learning system is equipped to meet the complex needs of young children in foster care. The project, titled Broward's Infrastructure to Guide and Sustain Permanency for Young Foster Children (BRIDGES), also is focusing on increasing the number of children in foster care who are placed in quality child care or early learning facilities. The partnership consists of Family Central, Inc., of Broward County, FL, in partnership with Broward County's Early Learning Coalition, ChildNet3, the Early Steps Children's Diagnostic Treatment Center, Broward County Schools, United Way, and the Children's Services Council. The grant is part of CB's Child Welfare Education/Early Education Partnership to Expand Protective Factors for Child Welfare Involvement cluster.
foster children; Florida; early childhood education; interagency collaboration; permanency; child care; preschool children; partnerships; prevention programs