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Family Resource Centers & Networks

Family Resource Centers (FRC) and Networks (FRCN) are essential supports in communities. Through a statewide system, they are able to connect, communicate, and share successful practices with one another. While each FRC and FRCN strives to focus on the specific needs of the children and families in the communities they serve, overall FRCs and FRCNs focus on:

Support for Families
  • Provide evidence-informed parent education services
  • Home visitation using an evidence-base curriculum
  • Play and Learn opportunities for children and their caregivers
  • Car seat safety checks
  • Supervised visitation and safe exchange services
  • Community response services
Support for Early Care & Education Professionals
  • Respond to referrals that early care and education professionals make to families
  • Provide support in family engagement efforts
  • Deliver high quality professional development opportunities
  • Guidance in prevention and appropriate early intervention
Support for Communities
  • Represent family support in a range of collaborative and cross sector partnerships
  • Strategically leverage resources and funds to maximize the support for young children, their families, their early educators, and the communities in which they live
  • Collect, analyze and report data regarding the prevention and reduction of child abuse and neglect

SFTA strongly supports FRCs and the important information and services they provide to children and their families throughout Wisconsin. That is why is SFTA is constantly working to expand and refine the support services of current FRCs, and to eventually establish an FRC in every Wisconsin county, so they are as widely represented as CCR&Rs. As a part of this effort, SFTA is focusing on promoting awareness of FRC services and what they provide to Wisconsin families, so as to establish the need for increased funding and other supports. These goals cannot be reached without the help of individuals and organizations who support strengthening Wisconsin children and their families. Please see our Invest In Early Childhood page to see how you can help support FRCs through SFTA initiatives and efforts. See our Find a Family Support Position page for current FRC job openings.

Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (CCR&R), serve eight regions within all 72 counties and 11 Tribal Nations in Wisconsin. SFTA links these state-wide entities through standardized training, support, and communications. As members of SFTA, each CCR&R strives to meet the specific needs of the communities they serve, and maintain a similar focus on providing:

Support for Families
  • Referrals to early care and education programs
  • Guidance and education in how to identify high quality programming
  • Technical assistance regarding an array of early childhood topics
  • Referrals to community resources and services
Support for Early Care & Education Professionals
  • High quality training and professional development opportunities
  • Customized technical consultation and coaching on a variety of topics
  • Collection of program profiles for family referrals
  • Resource rooms and lending libraries
Support for Communities
  • Represent early care and education in a range of collaborative and cross sector partnerships
  • Strategically leverage resources and funds to maximize the support for young children, their families, their early educators, and the communities in which they live
  • Collect, analyze and report data regarding the field of early care and education

Developing and maintaining CCR&Rs within every county in Wisconsin has taken an enormous amount of continuing community support, funding, and hard work on behalf of supporters, such as SFTA, of early child education in Wisconsin. The services offered by CCR&Rs are essential to helping parents gain access to high-quality education and care for their children during their early formative years. It is crucial that the current network and individual efforts of CCR&Rs not only be sustained, but that the services they provide to the parents of Wisconsin’s youngest children continue to be refined and built upon. SFTA endeavors to provide the foundation for that sustained development through a responsive support of CCR&Rs and by ensuring continued support from the Wisconsin communities CCR&Rs serve. Please see our Invest In Early Childhood page to see how you can help support CCR&Rs through SFTA initiatives and efforts. See our Find a Child Care Resource and Referral position page for current CCR&R job listings.

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Coalitions

Early Childhood coalitions are alliances of individuals and organizations within the early childhood field, or a related field, based on a combined action or shared interest. Additionally, coalitions with varying focuses, such as nutrition and physical activity, are also welcoming the participation of early childhood representatives as early childhood offers the unique opportunity of prevention. Coalitions such as these provide a much needed network of support, steady flow of ideas, and a more standardized methodology that allows individual and group efforts to have more of an impact. As such, coalitions are an important aspect of development and sustainability within the early childhood field.

Maintaining Current Coalitions

Various early childhood coalitions already exist, and are working on issues surrounding children birth to age five, including, but not limited to, child abuse and neglect prevention, early education, and child obesity prevention. Some are partnered with early childhood organizations directly or have a shared focus on early childhood issues, while others simply have interests or initiatives that overlap with initiatives in the field of early childhood. A few such coalitions are:

Building Coalitions

SFTA aims to strengthen existing early childhood coalitions and to continue to build new ones. As a state-wide organization, SFTA is in a unique position to forge connections between individuals and organizations that cross geographical and other barriers. SFTA is currently in the process of strengthening and building such connections between and amongst Member CCR&Rs and FRCs, as well as with other organizations and community or business members that support Wisconsin’s youngest children and their families.

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