Professional child care providers become familiar with the needs and strengths of the children in their care and are able to support their growth and development. Similarly, their involvement with the families of young children offers them opportunities to provide parenting support and connect parents to community services, if necessary. The following resources provide training curricula and materials to help providers understand the child welfare system better and to recognize the overlapping issues affecting each system.
Building Protective Factors with Families
Wisconsin Children's Trust Fund (2007)
Presents a training program for early care and education providers in group centers or family child care programs that explains using a strength-based approach to providing services, protective factors and program strategies that support them, and self-assessment to ensure implementation of best practices.
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: Parent-Provider Partnerships in Child Care
ZERO TO THREE (2006)
Helps workers promote positive parenting and healthy social-emotional development in children by building protective factors into their programs.
Strengthening Families Self-Assessment for Family Child Care Providers (PDF - 155 KB)
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2009)
Assists family child care providers to identify and improve practices to build protective factors in their work with children and families.
A Training Guide for the Early Childhood Services Community (PDF - 1,120 KB)
Hepburn & Kaufmann (2005)
Trains early childhood staff on the importance of mental health consultation when working with young children and their families and describes the administrative process for implementing a consultation model within an early childhood setting.
Using Data to Build Comprehensive Systems for Infants and Families: Facilitator Guide (PDF - 1,824 KB)
Bohn, De Masi, Perkins, & Efinger (2009)
Reviews components of comprehensive early childhood service systems and helps professionals assess their current systems and develop data-based advocacy efforts. Also see the Resource Guide. (PDF - 4,100 KB)
What to Expect and When to Seek Help: Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers
Bright Futures & National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
Presents tools to help parents and providers understand stages of child development, social and emotional milestones, and how to identify strengths in a child and childrearing abilities in a potential caregiver.