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SD ECCS July 2023 Update

July 2023 SD Early Childhood Comprehensive System Update

Join the Statewide Efforts to Ensure and Strong Start for Children

The SD Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant is 5-year federal grant from HRSA held for South Dakota by the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) at the USD School of Health Sciences. CPCM is working with several state and community agencies on this grant that aims to increase collaboration and effectiveness of state and community-level systems serving families and young children, especially those up to 3 years-old.

Together, we can ensure a stronger start for South Dakota’s children, and, by doing so, 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

WIC CIAO Outreach Begins

As a WIC Community Innovation and Outreach Project subrecipient, CPCM and our partners were at the Juneteenth event in Sioux Falls, spreading the word about WIC. This collaboration aims to raise awareness through innovative outreach strategies, program modernization efforts, and reducing program delivery disparities. Connecting parents to concrete resources can help ensure a strong start for children and increase overall family functioning.

Upcoming WIC community outreach events will take place at community block parties. You’ll be able to find us from 6-8 p.m. at the following days and locations:
July 6 at Granite Valley Park
July 20 at Meldrum Park
Aug 1 at Emerson Park
Aug 17 at Hayward Park

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

Family Voices Needed

We are inviting WIC-eligible families in the Sioux Falls area to provide input about SD WIC. Please forward the invite to participate in online surveys and focus group discussions to families you work with. WIC-eligible families are asked to complete a short form expressing their preferred feedback tool and contact preference and from there will receive communication from a USD representative directing them to an online survey tool and/or focus group opportunities.

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

Training Opportunity: Promoting First Relationships

From birth, infants’ and very young children’s relationships with adults in their lives matter. This is especially true for children ages 0-5. If we can support children’s relationships with parents and caregivers from birth, we can help increase protective factors and build babies’ foundation for lifelong well-being and connection.

This training opportunity from Communities that Care will address practice-intervention strategies to support early relational health. Plan to join online on July 13 at 1:00pm. Registration is required. Learn more.

Training Opportunity: Cross Sites 2023
39% of South Dakota’s victims of maltreatment in 2021 were 0-3 years old. If you would like to deepen your knowledge about the latest innovative practices and research about infant-toddler courts, this training opportunity is for you. Beginning tomorrow, this 4-part series is free and intended for all child welfare professionals, including judges, attorneys, community coordinators, statewide coordinators, mental health clinicians, parent leaders, advocates and more. All trainings are from 11-12 CST.

July 14: Introducing JCAMP: New Measures That Can Be Used to Understand Infant-Toddler Courts
July 20: Intentional Foundations for Building Relationships with Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Aug. 4: Innovative Approaches for Addressing the Needs of Court-Involved Infants, Toddlers, and their Families: Key Evaluation Findings
Aug. 11: A Conversation with Sixto Cancel: The Importance of Maintaining Familial Relationships

Meet Karissa Perez

Karissa has joined CPCM as a MSW intern, supporting the ECCS effort in 2023-2024. Karissa Perez is a Family Support Coach, Intensive Case Manager, and Anger Management Instructor at Youth and Family Services- Stronger Family Program. She is also a full time Masters of Social Work Student at the University of Denver and will begin her field placement hours in June 2023 with CPCM. She serves on the ECCS Family Leadership Group and several other groups in Rapid City. Karissa resides in Box Elder with her husband, two sons (age 10 and 4), her daughter (9 months old) and furbaby (4).

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.