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SD ECCS September 2023 Update

September 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, 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

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

Outreach opportunities:
Sept 13 Grant Announcement at USD-Sioux Falls
Sept 12 & 19 at St. Lambert’s School
Oct 7 at Sioux Empire Smiles
Oct 7 at Feria de Salud

Training opportunity:
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. 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.

External Opportunities for Shared Learning

Zero to Three Learn Conference
Human beings learn through experience and interaction. It’s true for infants and toddlers, and it’s true for us. We can’t teach if we don’t learn. We can’t care for others unless we’re cared for. And we can’t do any of these things alone. The 2023 Zero to Three Conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN. Early Bird registration deadline is August 9.

Sept 19-20: Zero to Three Learn Conference

March for Moms’ Enhancing Community Resilience to Improve Maternal Health Workshop
This free workshop will amplify innovative programs from community-based organizations on increasing access to maternity care services. The workshop takes place in Kansas City, but offers free virtual attendance through Zoom.

Sept 29: Enhancing Community Resilience to Improve Material Health Workshop

National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit
Join more than 5,000 state lawmakers and advocates, researchers, and practitioners for a virtual event to hear which states did the most to help young children and their families thrive in 2023, and to learn about the newest research informing prenatal-to-3 evidence-based policymaking.

Oct 12: Prenatal-to-3 Summit

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.