Cherokee Nation Illustrates ‘Serve and Return’ and the importance of everyday moments and experiences by watching as a young Cherokee father and his 20-month old daughter engage in responsive and individualized dialogue and interactions.
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Increasing Public Awareness of Child Well-Being
Project LAUNCH grantees aim to increase awareness of the importance of healthy child development for children ages birth to 8. In particular, grantees increase awareness about social–emotional development and the skills children acquire in early childhood that help them communicate their feelings, form relationships (attachments), and regulate their behavior and emotions.
In the past, public awareness campaigns have been successful in changing health and safety practices, such as the use of child safety seats, “back to sleep” campaigns, and the value of preschool experiences in school readiness. However, the general public is much less informed about how social and emotional skills developed in the very early years of life provide children with a solid foundation for all learning, health, and success later in life.
Project LAUNCH grantees have used many approaches to increase public awareness about child well-being. From promoting Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to using current events to promote community resources, grantees have built awareness and support for programs and strategies that encourage child health, particularly children’s social and emotional development. For example, New Mexico Project LAUNCH funded the development of a series of videos to help parents understand the social–emotional development of infants and toddlers; these videos were widely distributed and shown in venues such as health clinic waiting rooms. Grantees also have engaged policymakers and encouraged them to support programs and initiatives that contribute to children’s social-emotional development and their physical and emotional well-being. For example, the Wisconsin Project LAUNCH State Council identified the development of a child psychiatry consultation line, accessible to primary care clinicians working with children, as a priority area for Project LAUNCH. A steering committee was convened to identify strategic opportunities to develop the consultation line. Activities have included information sharing, developing workgroups to advance efforts, drafting a strategic plan, and working with outside partners to share information about the line with the legislature.
New Hampshire Project LAUNCH provides a variety of printed materials, a PowerPoint presentation, and examples of outreach activities to help build awareness of the importance of early childhood.
Vermont Project LAUNCH provides quarterly policy briefs from Building Bright Futures. Topics include bullying prevention, adverse effects of child neglect, and health and educational disparities in young children.
Boone County Project LAUNCH shares the efforts during their five year grant to strengthen the network of parents and providers to establish a nurturing community that enhances the health and wellness of children and families, allowing them to reach their full potential. A trailer video [1 minute 36 seconds] is also accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwMZkBjbyl4&feature=youtu.be.
New Britain Project LAUNCH provides a sample of voices from the community that speak to the impact of Project LAUNCH efforts in New Britain.
NYC Project LAUNCH describes educational and communication materials created and used to promote and support the well-being of young children.
Presents a summary of Federal legislation since 1974 that has had a significant impact on the child protection and child welfare fields. The report also provides an overview of each act and its major provisions.
Presents the personal experiences of an anti-trafficking advocate and survivor and provides some of her insights on what it takes to identify and support trafficked young people.
Hosts multimedia resources; activities for trainers; and articles related to early childhood, supporting the healthy development of infants and toddlers, and providing quality relationship-based care to infants and toddlers.
Explains how a child’s early development from birth through age 8 is critical to making an effective transition into elementary school and for long-term academic achievement.
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