Established in 2011, the Best Beginnings Advisory Council serves as the comprehensive early childhood advisory council and will serve as the collaborating entity for the early childhood system. The council includes representation from interested constituency groups, governmental agencies, the public at large, child care providers, state and local government, and tribal communities. The council's work will focus on creating a statewide plan for a comprehensive early childhood service system that will assist in the four principal objectives:
- Children will have access to high quality early childhood programs.
- Families with young children will have community support.
- Children will have access to a medical home and health insurance.
- Improving the social, emotional, and mental health needs of young children and families.
Complementing the work being done at the State level, are local Best Beginnings coalitions. There are 20 local coalitions statewide. The local coalitions are working to increase coordination across child serving systems at the grass roots level in towns, counties, and regions.
Best Beginnings Documents and Resources
The National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds assists state Children's Trust and Prevention Funds and promotes and supports a system of services, laws, practices and attitudes that strengthen families' capacity to provide their children with safe, healthy, and nurturing childhoods.
Since 1972, this organization has led the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. Working with chapters in 39 states and the District of Columbia, it provides leadership to promote and implement prevention efforts at both the national and local levels. This site contains materials for child abuse prevention, parenting tips, press releases, state chapters, opinion polls and other publications.
The Raising of America will reframe the way we look at early child health and development. This documentary and multimedia initiative explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning, and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better-educated, more prosperous, and more equitable America. This site contains more information about the documentary, which is scheduled to launch in Fall 2014. You can also find out how to become involved in the project to change the conversation about what we as a society can â€“ and should â€“ do to ensure every infant has an equal opportunity.
Looking for more links?
The National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds offers an extensive list of links to child abuse prevention resources.