Beyond the traditional primary care that is essential for all children, families also may benefit from a broad range of community-base services, such as family support; housing, employment, and social services; educational services; mental health services; substance abuse treatment; language assistance; and services for children and with special health care needs. Referring a child or it s family for community services and support is, therefore, a common interaction of a child care center director or it staff. Promoting Community relationships involves more than just knowing enough about local providers and agencies to make referrals.
Individuals and families are formed by the communities in which they live, whether those communities are defined by race, ethnicity, socioeconomics, or lifestyle. Learning about these communities and understanding their cultures and key to making successful links between families and the services they need and to promoting the health and well-being of children and families. The community resource programs support child care centers through information, outreach, and resource library, networking and learning opportunities.
This allows families to receive information on quality child care and referrals to settings that best meet their needs. The program within the center help in supporting families through parenting information, workshops, resource lending libraries and any substance abuse that families may be going through. As a director I would put together a booklet that will explain to the parents of what is available in the community and how they could reach them. Here is a breakdown of what would be in the book. I would head the booklet Local Community Resources.
The first one would be promoting health: Title V services for Children with Special Health Care Needs; State Children’s Health Insurance Program; Local Child and Family Health Plus providers; Medical specialty care; Public health nursing; Medical assistance programs; Home care; Mental health resources; Substance abuse treatment; Health literacy resources; physical activity resource; environmental health units. My second heading would be Development: Early intervention programs, school-based or school-linked programs and recreation programs.
My third heading in the booklet would be Family Support: US Department of Agriculture’s, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Social services agencies and child protection services, Parenting programs/ support groups, Faith-based organizations, Home visiting services, Domestic violence resources, Bereavement and related supports (due to sudden infant death syndrome, sudden unexpected infant death, or other cause of infant and child fatality), Food banks, and Child care health consultants “ Parents Helping Parents” organization( (Bright Futures, 2010) My fourth and final section in my booklet would be Adult Assistance: Adult education and literacy resources, Job training resources, adult education for English language instruction, Legal Aid, Immigration services, Racial- and ethnic-specific support and community development organizations, and volunteering opportunities. As a director of a center you have to be aware of some of the special needs that you must have for certain groups you may have. Although most families benefit from community services at one time or another, several population; groups may require a wider range of services or longer-term services. Such as recent immigrants and those with limited proficiency in English.
Center directors must acknowledge the barriers those vulnerable families who are recent immigrants or have limited English proficiency face, and find support that is culturally and linguistically competent. The director should have a community involvement with a partner support program for parents that have limited English proficiency or literacy problem with the local GED program to help them learn to speak English and also get an education( (Natioanl Childcare Association, 2011). According to (Decker, 2009) informal support is as important as receiving specific services. With having this support for families this can provide advice, encouragement, praise, emotional support, practical assistance for parents. These interactions help parents understand the common ground they share with other families.
This will help build their self-awareness about their parenting skills and also help them reach a level the fell they need to meet. Our goal for having a Local Resourceful booklet is to provide excellent individualized inclusive services that empower families with the overall goal of promoting a healthy development and escalating social proficiency, to enhance character, train and mold the family’s future, spiritually and academically, making a mark in their lives, and those in whom they come in contact with. So the booklet ties into the mission, vision, philosophy because we care for our families and their children. We aim to go beyond the traditional primary care that is essential for all children, families.
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