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February 2023Vol. 24, No. 1Family First Prevention Services Act Opportunities for Early Childhood Programs

The BUILD Initiative released the fifth webinar in its Child Welfare and Early Childhood: Cross-Systems Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families series, "Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Opportunities for Early Childhood Programs."

The objectives for the series are centered on raising awareness about young children and their families encountering the child welfare system, educating participants about racial disparities in family separation due to child welfare involvement, promoting opportunities and strategies for prevention, and providing examples of cross-system collaboration. This 90-minute webinar is particularly focused on how FFPSA is being used to expand home visiting programs and examining one state's expanded home visiting program.

Panelists provide insight into a number of different initiatives supporting these programs. Viewers can find brief explorations of several topics related to the intersection of FFPSA and early childhood programs, including the following:

  • Which states have developed prevention plans, including those that include community pathways in their redesign
  • What benefits, opportunities, and challenges exist when developing prevention plans
  • What types of collaboration are needed and who needs to be involved

Agency leaders, service providers, and policymakers can use the lessons learned about how the state's expanded home visiting was implemented and how it impacted well-being and positive outcomes when exploring how to use FFPSA to expand their own early childhood programs.