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August 2012Vol. 13, No. 7Caseworker, Child Care Provider Toolkit

A toolkit produced by Project PLAY (Positive Learning for Arkansas' Youngest), with support from the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, aims to strengthen communication between family service workers and child care providers. Project PLAY is a free program that facilitates partnerships between Community Mental Health Centers and early care providers.

The toolkit stresses the importance of teamwork and provides resources to build communication and information sharing, including the following:

  • An article about what caregivers can do to help children impacted by trauma
  • A guide designed to jumpstart information sharing between caseworkers and child care providers
  • A Child Progress Update form for teachers to report educational progress to caseworkers
  • A how-to on obtaining immunization records for a child in care
  • A tip sheet with strategies for supporting a child when he or she must leave a care center
  • A handout describing usual behavior patterns in the various developmental stages of a child's life

The Child Care and Child Welfare toolkit is available on the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences website:  (544 KB)