The following five goals and objectives to strengthen the Early Childhood Comprehensive System of care in South Dakota were established by the ECCS Team and Advisory Board. South Dakota agencies and organizations working to ensure a stronger start for all children are encouraged to consider how the following 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, share your work with SD ECCS.
Goal 1: Enhance alignment and collaboration between MCH and other early childhood systems of care.
- Increase the number of family and professional leaders engaged in state-level maternal and early childhood initiatives.
- Support efforts to align and share data to inform joint decision-making regarding the health and welfare of South Dakota children and families.
- Leverage the capacity of those working directly with families (such as child care providers, community health workers and home visitors) to increase reach and support to families for early childhood health, development, and well-being.
- Leverage and strengthen existing collaborative efforts to efficiently identify and address the needs of families with young children.
Goal 2: Advance a common vision for early developmental health and family well-being, and strengthen shared competencies for innovative and efficient service delivery.
- Establish baseline knowledge and competencies among professionals working directly with families and young children.
- Establish or leverage partnerships for shared training and professional development across health, education, social supports, and other systems working with families and young children.
- Increase public awareness of the importance of comprehensive, coordinated, and accessible care in early childhood, beginning prenatally.
Goal 3: Strengthen coordination of intake, screening, referral, and navigation across family and early childhood systems of care.
- Develop processes and infrastructure to reduce the administrative burden for families to access resources and access systems of care.
- Leverage existing resource and referral agencies to better connect families to programs and services.
- Improve coordination of referrals across systems.
Goal 4: Increase capacity for meaningful engagement and partnerships with parents.
- Connect and empower parents and families.
- Provide opportunities for parents to engage meaningfully with state agencies and local or state decision makers around children’s health, development, learning and well-being.
- Normalize the stressful nature of parenting and encourage help-seeking and help-giving behaviors.
- Promote and assist with efforts to ensure that family engagement opportunities are culturally and linguistically responsive and contribute to the development of respectful, trusting relationships between families and professionals.
Goal 5: Identify strategies that support the funding and sustainability of multi-generational services and systems for all children and families.
- Raise awareness of evidence-based policies and strategies for ensuring a strong start.
- Amplify a focus on two-generation approaches and encourage the coordination of funding to address barriers to access, quality, and outcomes.
- Provide information to decision makers upon request and as needed.
- Coordinate efforts among South Dakota organizations working to ensure a strong start for children, strengthen families, and align systems.
- Work with partners who are addressing workforce needs and implications.
Jennifer Ball, Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency
Matthew Ballard, SD Department of Social Services
Pamela Bennett, SD Department of Social Services, Division of Child Protection Services
Janessa Bixel, SD Association for the Education of Young Children
Melanie Boetel, SD Department of Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health
Melissa Brissette, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Sarah Carter, SD Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood Services
Carrie Churchill, SD Department of Health, Bright Start Home Visiting
Gina Curran, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Sara DeCoteau, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
Nikki Eining, University of South Dakota
Amber Finnesand, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Sheri Fischer, Sanford Health
Brittni Flood, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Melissa Fluckey, SD Department of Social Services, Division of Child Care Services
Jennifer Folliard, Health and Nutrition First, LLC
Crystal Goeden, SD Department of Education, Birth to Three
Eldridge “E.G.” Grinnell, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Jessica Gromer, John T. Vucurevich Foundation
Connie Halverson, Delta Dental of South Dakota
Summer Heaton, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Rochelle Holloway, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Darbi Hunt, Black Hills Special Services Cooperative
Samantha Hynes, SD Department of Health, Title V MCH, Office of Child and Family Services
Katherine Jaeger, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Brooke Jones, Child’s Voice at Sanford Health
Janet Kittams, Helpline Center
Kayla Klein, Early Learner SD
Kristi Kranz, Sanford Health
Anna Meredith, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Kristin Miller, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Kharley Newman, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Karissa Perez, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Sau-mei Ramos, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Lisa Sanderson, SD Parent Connection
Andrew Stremmel, South Dakota State University, School of Education, Emeritus
Stephanie Wiegand, ECCS Family Leadership Group
Amy Witt, Lutheran Social Services