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July 2012Vol. 13, No. 6Early Care and Child Welfare Collaboration

Citing the shared goals of the child welfare and early child care and education systems, a new factsheet from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Child Care highlights strategies for increased collaboration between the two entities. Research suggests that infants and toddlers enter the child welfare system at disproportionately high rates, and partnerships across like-minded agencies can help enhance the well-being of this vulnerable population during a developmentally important time.

In addition to highlighting a number of State approaches to program integration, the factsheet offers strategies for enhancing the following:

  • Promoting access to quality programs
  • Referral and service coordination
  • Capacity Building
  • Policy Coordination

Collaborative Partnerships Between Early Care and Education and Child Welfare: Supporting Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families Through Risk to Resilience is available on the ACF Office of Child Care website:  (170 KB)