• July/August 2015
  • Vol. 16, No. 6

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Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) created an early childhood self-assessment tool for families in shelters. This tool is designed to help support shelter employees in creating safe and developmentally appropriate environments for children, ranging from infants to preschoolers.

The tool can be used as an initial assessment of a shelter's environment, programming, policies, and staff training, specifically in the areas of health and safety, wellness and development, workforce standards and training, programming, and food and nutrition. The recommendations included are classified according to the level of complexity and amount of resources required to bring them to fruition, as follows:

  • Recommendations that likely require few resources, i.e., those that can be done for little to no money or staff time
  • Recommendations that likely require some resources, i.e., those that may need a small amount of money or staff time
  • Recommendations that likely require substantial resources, i.e., those that may require shelters to apply for grant funding

Access the Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters on ACF's website at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/ech_family_shelter_self_assessment_tool_120114_final.pdf (460 KB).
 

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