The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention/Children’s Trust Fund presented grant awards to eleven nonprofits in the 2nd Congressional District, representing $1,094,110 in grant funding. The agencies will use grant funds on evidence-based community programs committed to the prevention of child maltreatment.
Grant recipients included:
These agencies will focus on programs such as Strengthening Families, Baby Talk, Nurse Family Partnerships, Child Safety Advocacy, Love Me Don’t Hurt Me, Aid to Inmate Mothers, Dedicated Dads, HEARTS Respite Replication Project, Life Skills, Parents As Teachers, and Parent Education and Support.
The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (ADCANP) secures resources to fund evidence-based community programs committed to the prevention of child maltreatment and advocates for children and the strengthening of families.
The Alabama Partnership for Children is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for Alabama’s children from birth to 5 years of age. This public-private partnership focuses on finding ways to use the state’s limited resources most efficiently to ensure that every Alabama child will have an opportunity to succeed in life. For more information, contact the Alabama Partnership for Children, toll-free, 1.866.711.4025.
With new funding from the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, Help Me Grow Alabama is expanding to the nine 2-1-1 regions serving all 67 counties in the state. The United Way’s 2-1-1 Connects Alabama is a statewide network of regional call centers that provide free easy access to health and human services available throughout Alabama.
“Once implemented, every family in Alabama will be able to dial 2-1-1, ask for Help Me Grow Alabama and speak with a care coordinator who will answer questions, connect them to services, follow up to ensure a connection is made and enroll them in developmental surveillance if interested” said Katie Naman, Help Me Grow Alabama Coordinator.
Nearly one-third of Alabama parents say they have a concern about their child’s health or development. Help Me Grow Alabama provides the critical service of identifying concerns early when interventions are less costly and more effective. Health care and early learning providers also use Help Me Grow Alabama to refer families for additional assistance and developmental screenings.
Help Me Grow Alabama was originally launched through the United Way of Central Alabama’s 2-1-1 call center with funds from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. In 2014, Project LAUNCH provided additional funding to include The University of Alabama’s Child Development Resources Parenting Assistance Line and expand services to a total of 14 counties.
“We will be moving quickly in each new region, and we thank the pioneers in Central and West Alabama who have laid the foundation for us to follow” said Gail Piggott, executive director of the Alabama Partnership for Children.
In the coming months, the Alabama Partnership for Children and 2-1-1 Connects Alabama will begin hiring and training seven care coordinators to serve all nine 2-1-1 regions. The expansion includes the following 2-1-1 regions: 2-1-1 Information and Referral of North West Alabama in Florence, 2-1-1 HELPline in Huntsville, 2-1-1 First Call for Help in Gadsden, 2-1-1 Connects South Central Alabama in Montgomery, United Way 2-1-1 Community Connections in Auburn, United Way of Southwest Alabama in Mobile and Wiregrass United Way 2-1-1 in Dothan.
More information about Help Me Grow Alabama can be viewed here: http://www.alabamapartnershipforchildren.org/programs/?pageID=51
Strengthening Adult Capacities to Ensure
Children’s Optimal Development
May 3, 2016Presentations and Handouts
Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services
Presenter: Dallas Rabig, LPC
Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant (I/ECMHC), Alabama Project LAUNCH
After the ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire): Tools for Parents and Providers
Help Me Grow AL Director
Help Me Grow AL Professional Development Coordinator
Help Me Grow AL Care Coordinator/Tuscaloosa
Reflective Practice – Relationship-Based Work
Presenter: Dr. Sherry Heller
Associate Professor, Tulane University Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Strengthening Adult Capacities to Ensure Children’s Optimal Development
May 4, 2016Presentations and Handouts
Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems: Working Together for Our Future
Presenter: David Willis, M.D., FAAP
Director, Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Building the Business Case for Investing in Young Children
Presenter: Nancy Fishman, M.S.
Deputy Director, ReadyNation/Council for a Strong America
- ReadyNation Membership Form
- High-Quality Early Learning: Building the Workforce Pipeline for the Manufacturing Industry
- How Your Company Can Help Parents Engage With Their Young Children
- Harnessing the Power of Parents to Support Our Youngest Learners
Detecting and Buffering Toxic Stress Through Early Relationships
Presenter: Jessica Richards, M.S., M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Psychotherapist in Private Practice
- Statewide Overview of Home Visiting Services in Alabama: Results of Home Visiting Environmental Scan
- APC Home Visiting Fact Sheet
- APC Home Visiting Palm Card
The APC does not provide direct Home Visiting services, but by working with providers of the programs, as well as the agencies that support these programs and the communities and families that receive the services, the APC is linking stakeholders across the state to give Home Visiting a unified voice to better serve children and families and to emphasize the important and unique place for Home Visiting in the early education system.
“We have known for years what young children need to develop optimally, but we have not fully understood how critical the early care and education industry is to our state’s economy”, said Gail Piggott, executive director of the Alabama Partnership for Children. “Not only do these programs provide employment in small businesses across the state, but they enable parents to go to work each day. In our state, 65 percent of children under the age of six have all parents in the workforce. Comprehensive early care and education also lays the groundwork for Alabama’s future workforce, by preparing upcoming generations for school and work success.”
The Alabama Partnership for Children has been the state’s leading voice for early care and education for over 12 years. It strongly believes that it is important to support strengthening public investment in quality licensed early care and education, and encourages Alabamians to:
- Learn more at www.alabamachildcarefacts.org
- Support efforts to expand First Class Pre-K to more children in our state.
- Establish and support the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) across the state. QRIS provides early care and education facilities with programmatic, professional development and financial supports. The system also provides parents with a framework to evaluate potential ECE facilities to make the best decision for their family.
- Advocate that all early care and education programs are inspected for basic health and safety standards.
Click here to view PDF version of the full report: Economic Impact of the Early Care and Education Industry on the Economy of the State of Alabama.
Click here to view the Executive Summary.