Creating Collaborative Partnerships Between Early Care & Education and Child Welfare
This brief provides practical partnership and collaboration strategies for early care and education and child welfare systems to meet the needs of and best serve families with infants and toddlers who are in or at risk of entering the child welfare system.
Child welfare and early childhood systems both focus on child safety and promote child and family well-being, including healthy child development and the formation of secure attachments. Together, we can begin to think about new ways to build support for infants, toddlers, and their families who come to the attention of the child welfare system at such a developmentally vital time.
This paper presents an overview of key early care and education system elements and the characteristics that reflect how such a system can offer quality child care to infants, toddlers, and their fam…