Arkansas Collaboration for Quality Early Childhood Care (Building Bridges to Better Beginnings): Final Project Report.
Lloyd, E. Christopher. DeJohn, Tara V.
Arkansas Collaboration for Quality Early Childhood Care.
December 2, 2014
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This final report discusses the activities and accomplishments of a federally funded project designed to ensure young children, aged birth to five, involved with the child welfare system in Arkansas have access to high-quality child care. The Building Bridges to Better Beginnings project: analyzed the policies of relevant state agencies to identify potential changes that would foster improved collaboration among child care and child welfare systems; surveyed child welfare workers, court officers, and early child care workers to identify gaps in knowledge about the needs of young children who have experienced trauma, are in foster care or otherwise involved with child welfare services, and/or are in a child care setting; developed and deployed trainings to these three groups of professionals to improve communication and collaboration, as well as educate professionals about the needs of young children who have experienced trauma. Evaluations of these interventions demonstrated statistically and substantively significant increases in attendee knowledge and skills as well as attitudes supporting practice change. Implications of the results are discussed and recommendations for future project leadership are provided. 4 tables and 14 references.
early childhood education; foster children; early intervention programs; interagency collaboration; referral; Arkansas; professional training