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Thriving Service #1: Parent Supports We make every child a priority by making parent supports accessible 24/7 online, supported by local educators.
DESIGNING A COUNTYWIDE FAMILY-FRIENDLY PARENT SUPPORT SYSTEM
The past: How did we get to this point of needing a family-friendly parent support system? Who exactly needs it anyway? What problems is the system supposed to solve? Why don’t people figure out how to parent and not ask for outside help?
The present (action agenda): Within this subject, we’ve identified ten strategies – called innovation areas – that can be used to tackle the parent support access problem. Within those we suggest about 20 100% Community projects that you (yes, you) can take on, thus propelling your community towards family-friendly parent support in its many forms.
The future (goals): With enough work on these innovations/projects, we’ll get to the point where innovation ten – the creation of a City/County Dept. of Family-Friendly Parent Support – becomes a reality. With a state-of-the-art system of care in place, 100% of our county’s families report excellent support and service.
Since we are currently in the present creating the future, your commitment to innovation is most eagerly sought and needed.
Addressing a Challenge
When we “Google it”, how many results come up?
Parent-friendly urban design: 76,700,000
Supporting parents in rural communities: 205,000,000
Strategies for supporting single parents: 151,000,000
Apps for parenting: 189,000,000 How home visitation helps parents: 39,700,000
How to support parents with special needs children: 888,000,000
The good news is that we have more research on effective parenting than almost any field of study. We know precisely the services parents need to have the best chance of raising healthy children. With collaboration between our city, county and school leadership, every city and town can create a robust system of support for every parent. This gives us the best chance of reducing adverse childhood experiences and ending the cycle of trauma, abuse and neglect.
Parent supports come in many forms, including mom-to-be workshops, new dad events, parent mentoring, training and respite care. One of the best strategies we have for making safe childhoods happen is called home visitation.This entails sending a nurse or other well-trained professional or paraprofessional over to a parent’s home for a visit once a week for the first few years to ask questions, listen, and review parenting best practices. The home visitor is working to make sure that the child is healthy and safe, and that the parent is fully supported and able to access key services.
When teen Eric was born, mother Tess struggled with a child with unique needs and finding services to keep her entire family functioning. Tech can keep her connected so she’s not isolated nor overwhelmed.
Innovations focus on ensuring all parents (and extended family members involved in child rearing) have the support they need to ensure the safety and health of their children (and their own self-care.) Tech allows us to track access to services and enhance parent education.
Learn More in The 100% COMMUNITY COURSE
A 100% Community is one where all our families and county residents get the support they need to be trauma-free and thrive. In our 100% Community Course local leaders are learning how to address gaps in ten vital family services. Course graduates work in action teams through the 100% Community initiative to design, implement and evaluate innovations shown to increase the quality and quantity of services.
Participants in the 100% Community course choose which of the 10 family services areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services” they wish to focus on.
100% COMMUNITY COURSE IS ACTION-FOCUSED
The course is designed to support county stakeholders in developing projects in ten inter-connected service sectors.
Participants in the 100% Community course focus on the one family service area they are most passionate about (one of 10 family service areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services”).
When you enroll in the 100% Community course, you will be working to improve one sector as part of an action team. Each innovation area has short and long-term projects to develop, all with the support of the course instructors. All projects focus on supporting local communities and agencies in strengthening services to meet the needs of residents.
Your Sector: Parent Supports
Innovation #1: Think Big Picture
Designing a county data system to track supply and demand within one of ten family-serving sectors. Participants enrolled in the 100% Community course will learn new ways to assess to what degree a family-serving “surviving” or “thriving” service is meeting the needs of families and innovate ways to improve service delivery.
Innovation #2: Current Support
Ensuring current programs in ten sectors are fully supported
Innovation #3: Private Sector
Engaging the private sector in supporting ten sectors and innovations
Innovation #4: Tech!
Designing a county data system to track supply and demand within all ten family-serving sectors:
Innovation #5: Public Awareness
Generating public awareness and engagement to support innovations in ten sectors
Innovation #6: Public Educators
Making sure your education system is on board
Innovation #7: Higher Ed
Ensuring that local higher education is engaged in research, solutions and evaluation
Innovation #8: Local Government
Supporting city and county governments in innovation in ten sectors
Innovation #9: Feds & State
Identifying how the federal and state levels can strengthen ten local sectors and services
Innovation #10: A New Department
Institutionalizing the work by developing a Family-Friendly City Dept. to assess ten family-serving sectors and secure funding for innovations
READ 100% COMMUNITY
The course textbook 100% Community by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello guide the development of the 10 innovations listed here. It acts as a blueprint for implementing evidence-informed innovations at a county level across a state.
IT STARTS WITH YOU
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