Task Force Group
We have a Task Force group that works on issues around Early Care/Education, Safety, Mental Health & Physical Health.
What our Task Force has accomplished:
- Brought early childhood home visiting clinical and parent support services to Northeast CT.
- Created a mental health resource directory to assist families to access early intervention, mental health and substance abuse services.
- Advocated for universal social and emotional screening for young children.
- Increased the number of preschools slots in our communities
- Provided parent leadership & advocacy trainings.
- Increased collaboration and coordination between families, early care and education and community providers.
- Provided sexual abuse trainings for providers and caregivers in our communities.
- Addressed food insecurity issues in our communities by providing nutrition education classes
- Increased the number of developmental screenings for children birth through age 5.
Why our work is important:
- One in five young people have one or more mental, emotional, or behavioral challenges. Of those children who experience these issues four out of five do not receive the help they need.
- Research shows that children involved in high-quality early learning experiences perform better in school, have less need for remedial and special education services, are less likely to be retained, and are more likely to graduate from high school.
- Research over the last forty years provides educators and parents with a substantial body of evidence that parent involvement and engagement is associated with children’s academic performance and social competence.
- Abusive parents often have experienced abuse during their own childhoods. It is estimated approximately one-third of abused and neglected children will eventually victimize their own children (Prevent Child Abuse New York, 2003).
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of obesity among children and adolescents has tripled over the past twenty years and is considered an epidemic.
How you can help:
- Bring your input, real life experiences and ideas on how to improve the safety, physical, social & emotional wellness for our children.