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Free Technical Assistance for SFTA Family Resource Center (FRC) Members

Did you know that if you are a Family Resource Center (FRC) and a Core Member of SFTA, you can receive FREE technical assistance from SFTA’s Family Engagement Specialist? If you are a current FRC Core Member, contact our Family Engagement Specialist today to receive technical assistance in your family support work. If you are a Wisconsin FRC interested in becoming an SFTA member, check out our membership benefits here.

Family Support Online Digest

SFTA provides a monthly online digest for Family Resource Center staff and other early childhood and family support professionals. The digest is a succinct collection of brief descriptions and links to useful tools and resources, such as research, trainings, events, early childhood in the news, and more. Please take a moment to browse this month’s digest below, or visit our digest archives for past publications. Click here if you would like to start receiving our monthly digest and stay up-to-date on the most current professional development opportunities. Read our most current Online Digest. If you have an event, training, or other suggestion for our online digest, please e-mail: kelly@supportingfamiliestogether.org.

 

What Works in Family Support Blog

The WhatWorks blog is a place for family and child support professionals throughout the state to share stories and ideas, and to develop a framework for continued support and networking. Visit our Connect With Other Family Support Professionals page to learn more.

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Social Emotional Development Tools

Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) in Wisconsin Best Practice Guidelines

This resource looks at IECMHC as an effective intervention strategy for building parent/caregiver capacity to support young children’s social and emotional development and to address challenging behaviors in the context of relationships across multiple settings and systems of care. The following guidelines were developed by a group of Wisconsin experts, chaired by the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health, to ensure that high standards of practice are consistently maintained throughout the state. Learn more.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

These resources, provided by Vanderbilt University, give parents, early educators, and family support professionals, tools for dealing with children’s social emotional development. From interpreting and understanding child behaviors, to helping them develop healthy social and emotional skills, these resources cover a wide variety of issues related to social emotional development in children. Learn more.

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention

Through printable online resource sheets, webinars, videos, and web presentations, this center provides ways for parents, early educators, and family support professionals to work together to help young children develop good social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Visit the center here.

Maintaining Financial Stability

Financial Capabilities

This financial capability website shares proven resources developed by Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Financial Education professionals. It is designed to support helping professionals working with families to achieve and maintain financial stability. This site includes information, resources and tools that are free of charge, related to:

  • Budgeting
  • Credit Problems
  • Financial Goals
  • Medical Debt and Bills
  • Overdue Bills

Visit the site to learn more, and to access links to other sites and resources related to financial stability that you can use in your work with families.

Covering Kids & Families Wisconsin: Toolbox for Healthcare Coverage

Covering Kids & Families works to increase easy access to and understanding of high quality healthcare options for Wisconsin residents. They operate a range of programs within a statewide coalition of social services professionals, health care providers, school personnel, policy makers, and researchers that work to improve individual and population health, reduce health disparities, and to ensure full participation in public and other health insurance for all residents of Wisconsin. Their site provides information on the basics of BadgerCare, finding healthcare options for low-income populations, accessing county tools and data, Affordable Care Act tools and information, and much more. Their easy to navigate healthcare toolbox is a good place to start, to learn more about the many healthcare options available to Wisconsin children and families.

Home Visiting Resource Toolkit for Early Childhood Professionals

Click the button below to explore this toolkit from Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership.

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Resource Toolkit for Early Childhood Professionals

The goal of this resource toolkit, provided by Milwaukee Cooperative Extension, is to offer current research and resources to assist early childhood professionals in their roles of supporting young children, their families, and their caregivers. The toolkit provides articles, webinars, websites, books, and face to face training opportunities pertaining to topics such as child development, adult mental health, domestic violence, and a variety of other issues affecting children and their families.

Developmental Screening

ASQ Tip Sheets

Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners encourage routine developmental screenings for children from birth to five, so families and early childhood professionals can track child development and identify developmental delays and challenges early on. Identifying these things early on in a child’s life allows for timely referral to supportive services that allow each child to reach their full developmental potential. With this goal in mind, WECCP provides tip sheets to help guide families and early childhood professionals in implementing and using developmental screenings in their communities.

Public Health Information & Referral Services for Women, Children & Families

Public Health Information & Referral Services for Women, Children & Families is a resource directory that houses family support services including child and maternal health, mental health, family education, supporting children with special needs, and much more.

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