ECPAC is fortunate to have the involvement and leadership from many community organizations and family partners in helping us move our strategies forward to accomplish our goal to Increase access to available services and supports:Early childhood families have access to available community services and supports that effectively meet their needs and engages them to promote their child(ren)’s healthy growth, development, and readiness for school, with dedicated focus on children and families experiencing disparities
ECPAC partners have committed to the priority of ensuring that early childhood families have access to available community services and supports that effectively meet their needs and that the providers who serve them have the knowledge and resources they need to ensure comprehensive, high quality services. Therefore the ECPAC partnership works to:
Increase awareness of family support and education opportunities and programs and support the use of the Referral Roadmap to help families access these opportunities and services;
Increase availability of professional development opportunities for family support and education providers to improve quality of services;
Identify and address community strengths and gaps/needs related to families accessing needed family support and education services;
Increase offerings of family support, education, and leadership opportunities;
Improve collaboration between service agencies to strive towards a coordinated and comprehensive service delivery model
Working with six home visitation programs to support a comprehensive array of services and supports for young children and families.
Working to ensure community-wide information for parents/families on how to promote school readiness skills and healthy development for young children.
Implementing the Strengthening Families Framework to increase the community’s ability to increase protective factors for families and children. You can find the Protective Factors here in English and Spanish (Factores Protectores)
All of ECPAC’s Action Teams and Initiatives are working towards these strategies.
Additionally, ECPAC has a Family Engagement and Leadership Action Team, where partners work to help to improve family members’ get connected to leadership opportunities and find comprehensive ways for family voice in ECPAC efforts.
Maria Luisa Diaz recognized a serious problem in Adams County – Spanish-speaking special needs students weren’t getting the services they needed to thrive due to language and cultural barriers between families and schools. Through ECPAC’s Family Leadership Training Institute, Maria Luisa sought to solve this problem and ease these families’ frustration by developing and implementing a series of Spanish-language workshops, “Advocating for my Kids in Special Education: How to Develop an Effective IEP that Works Well for My Child.” She taught parents about the rights of students with special needs, the supports in place to help these students, how to lobby for appropriate supports, empowering them to be their children’s best advocate. Participants in ECPAC’s Family Leadership Training Institute are always working on community projects to improve early childhood outcomes so expect to see others like Maria Luisa’s in the future.[/two_third]