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SD ECCS December 2023 Update

December 2023 SD Early Childhood Comprehensive System Update

Join the Statewide Efforts to Ensure and Strong Start for Children

Together, we can ensure a stronger start for South Dakota’s children, decrease risk factors for ACEs and increase protective factors that contribute to child-wellbeing and safety. Learn more and sign up for updates at SDCPCM.com/ECCS.

The South Dakota Early Childhood Comprehensive System Collaborative (SD-ECCS) strives to move from individual to shared responsibility for ensuring a strong start for all South Dakota children.

Agencies and organizations working to ensure a stronger start for all children are encouraged to consider how the five ECCS goals and strategic objectives might be incorporated into current or evolving plans and how they are being, or will be, implemented. If your organization is working collaboratively to ensure a strong start for children, visit SDCPCM.com/ECCS to learn more and share your work with SD ECCS.

SD ECCS Bright Lights Series

The SD ECCS Bright Lights Series will begin this fall and we’re looking for innovative collaborations to highlight. This ongoing video series will showcase the successes and outcomes achieved through collaborative, cross-sector or agency efforts designed to ensure a strong start for children. These short interviews and presentations will be pre-recorded and made available on the SD ECCS project page. Click here to learn more and to submit your collaborative effort to be featured in this series.

WIC CIAO Outreach Continues

As one of 36 national WIC Community Innovation and Outreach Project subrecipients, CPCM is coordinating community outreach events, trainings for professionals working with young children, and research to learn from families what might increase their participation and redemption of WIC benefits. Connecting parents to concrete resources can help ensure a strong start for children and increase overall family functioning.

Learn more at https://sdcpcm.com/wic

Training opportunity:
Dec 7 – Cultural Awareness – Relating to Norms & Understanding Values evening session
Dec 7 – Poverty Simulation Experience

Family voices needed:
We are inviting WIC-eligible families in the Sioux Falls area to provide input about SD WIC. Please forward the anonymous online survey and invite to participate in focus group discussions to families you work with. Focus groups are also now underway in the Sioux Falls-area. The goal is to amplify family voice and to get input on how to make the program work better for South Dakota families.

Visit https://sdcpcm.com/wic-voice-matters for more information.

Transportation now available:
Transportation to WIC appointments and WIC redemption/shopping trips are now available for participants in the Sioux Falls-area. WIC participants needing rides should call 2-1-1 at least 24 hours in advance to arrange.

AMCHP’s Maternal and Child Health Policy Essential Series

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs has released two modules in their MCH Policy Essential Series. This is a collection of free, asynchronous training modules.

2023 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap

The Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap is an annual guide for each state to:

  • Assess the wellbeing of its infants and toddlers and prioritize state PN-3 policy goals;
  • Identify the evidence-based policy solutions proven to impact PN-3 policy goals;
  • Monitor states’ adoption and implementation of the 12 effective Roadmap policies and strategies;
  • Track the impact that policy changes have on improving the wellbeing of children and families and reducing disparities between racial and ethnic groups.

The South Dakota roadmap includes an overall summary, ranking in the roadmap simulation, and grade on 20 measures of child and family wellbeing.

You’re Not Alone: Supporting New Moms With the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline

A new podcast is available from the American Hospital Association, featuring Dr. Michael Warren with MCHB, discussing how the new hotline is helping to overcome the overwhelming stress that new mothers face.

Webinar Opportunity

The Hunt Institute, The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, and the Alliance for Early Success will host 2023 Big Wins for Little Kids, a year-end review of the biggest moves for kids on December 11 at 1:00pm CT. Register here for this free webinar.

Share your news!

If you are working collaboratively across sectors to ensure a strong start for South Dakota’s children, especially prenatally up to age 3yo, please send your updates to [email protected]. We’d love to learn more and help raise awareness of your efforts and successes.