Missouri Prevention Partners Workgroup Information
The Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health, Section for Healthy Families and Youth receives funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration for an Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS): Building Health Through Integration grant. The ECCS includes five critical components for helping young children be healthy and ready to learn at school entry. The five components are: health, mental health and social-emotional development, early childhood programs, parenting education, and family support. In addition to the critical components the ECCS: Building Health Through Integration grant has a main focus area of mitigating toxic stress and trauma in infants and young children.
Missouri Prevention Partners (MPP) is a collaboration of statewide public and private nonprofit organizations that all have an interest in and statewide perspective of child abuse and its prevention. The group began organizing in 2006, and established its vision, mission, by-laws and guiding principles. The MPP vision is “Missouri places families and children first so they thrive at home and in the community” and its mission is “The Missouri Prevention Partners provide leadership to reduce child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities.”
The ECCS plan includes quarterly calls between state early childhood leaders and local/regional early childhood leaders. The purpose of these calls is to improve communication between state and local teams around early childhood and for communities to learn from each other. The MPP has a committee that focuses on community connections and support that has a similar purpose but specifically around child abuse and neglect prevention. A workgroup was pulled together that includes state and local leaders to plan these calls for the year 2016. The calls will include a portion dedicated to a topic for education purposes, the rest of the call will be dedicated to hearing what is happening in communities around early childhood and child abuse and neglect prevention. The calls will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on the following dates:
February 24, 2016
May 25, 2016
August 24, 2016
November 30, 2016
The link below is to a survey that will be used to help the workgroup find the best topics for the calls to serve the most people across the state. It should take less than 3 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey no later than January 29, 2016. You may only choose up to 4 topics and fill in the other category with a topic of interest. Please feel free to forward this to others in your community or from other communities that you believe would like to participate.