Child Care Services Association

Partners for Impact is working with CCSA to broaden the use of the Office of the Administration for Children and Families’ Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters. Specifically, Partners for Impact is identifying family shelters across the State of North Carolina and providing technical assistance to the shelters as they complete the assessment and develop action plans that improve their services to children and their families who are experiencing homelessness.

Client:

Child Care Services Association

 

 Services Provided:

Developing Strategy (planning, visioning/values work, goal setting, strategy development, implementation support)

Strengthening Networks (capacity building at all levels, professional development, training, coaching, resource development, service integration, collective impact, working with coalitions)

Evaluating

The Projects:

Early Childhood Self Assessment for Family Shelters Pilot Project

Partners for Impact completed a three-year pilot project with Child Care Services Association to address the needs of young children experiencing homelessness. It is unimaginable to think of babies and toddlers being homeless with their families. Even shelters that are designed for families are not often designed with the developmental needs of young children in mind. The Office of the Administration for Children and Families’ Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters (ECSAT) helps family shelters to assess their environments, their processes, and how they work to support young children. Using this assessment tool, Partners for Impact provided technical assistance for 9 family shelters across the State of North Carolina. Our consultants guided their teams in completing the assessment and developing action plans to improve their services with a young child perspective. We evaluated our process all along and used our learning to develop this Toolkit to help others use the ECSAT to improve their work with young children experiencing homelessness. 

Early Childhood Homeless Community Engagement Project

After working with shelters for the first year, CCSA obtained funding from Z Smith Reynolds to address the needs of young children experiencing homelessness at a community-wide level. Partners for Impact solicited interested communities and selected Durham, a centrally located urban community and a four-county, rural region in the western part of the state, working together to address homelessness: Transylvania, Polk, Rutherford, and Henderson. This two-year project focused on integration across homeless and early childhood service sectors through an extensive discovery and planning process. Ongoing efforts continued in both communities kickstarted by mini-grant funds to support the new strategies and improve community response. 

See Partners for Impact’s Beth Bordeaux Present About the Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Shelters