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Saskatchewan KidsFirst

May 11th 2015

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Saskatchewan KidsFirst

  1. 1. May 2015 SOHC Meeting
  2. 2. Saskatchewan KidsFirst Vision Children living in vulnerable circumstances enjoy a good start in life and are nurtured by caring families and communities. In targeted, high-needs communities, supports and services are provided through partnerships between families, communities and service providers.
  3. 3. Importance of the Early Years  Brain development research  Creating environments for healthy development  Laying foundation for healthy growth and development  Investing in your children pays off for the children, family and community
  4. 4. Background  Saskatchewan’s 1993 Action Plan for Children  June 2000 Comprehensive Early Childhood Development Strategy framework approved  September 2000 First Ministers’ Accord on Early Childhood Development  New Federal funding offered an opportunity to enhance provincial early childhood services.
  5. 5. Provincial Program Sites  Regina  Moose Jaw  Yorkton  North Battleford  Nipawin  Prince Albert  Meadow Lake  The North  Saskatoon
  6. 6. Saskatchewan KidsFirst Goals  Provide families a range of supports that promote and support positive parent interaction  Provide families a range of supports that promote and enhance child development and well-being  Support prenatal women to have healthy pregnancies and birth outcomes
  7. 7. Saskatchewan KidsFirst Goals  Support families to provide environments to promote child development and family well-being  Provide accountability for quality programming
  8. 8. Provincial Program Principles •Preventative •Comprehensive •Equitable •Empowering •Culturally Affirming •Accountable
  9. 9. Provincial Program Principles  Cooperative, collaborative  Strength based  Representative  Innovative and flexible  Voluntary  Build Capacity  Quality Standards
  10. 10. Program Elements •Prenatal referral and support •Universal screening at birth/assessment •Home visiting •Enhanced early learning, child care and family support opportunities •Dedicated mental health and addictions services •Regional community development
  11. 11. Family Supports Counselling Child Care Healthy Babies Right From The Start Pre- Kindergarten ECIP Transportation                       Family   Home Visiting 
  12. 12. How Do Families Access KidsFirst? In-Hospital Birth Questionnaire Score of 9 or higher Referral – anyone can refer with Client's consent, self referral also accepted Completion of In-Depth Assessment Acceptance to KidsFirst Program – Introduction of Home Visitor Deemed inappropriate for services – other services offered
  13. 13. Routes to Program Involvement • Pre-natal referral • In-hospital birth questionnaire • Self-referral or referral from community source Referral is followed by in-depth assessment process
  14. 14. Who are KidsFirst families?
  15. 15. Assessment  Following referral families are assessed in 24 facets of their life  The assessment provides us with comprehensive baseline data that reflects both family strengths and risks
  16. 16. Home Visiting • Cornerstone of the program • All families are matched with a home visitor • Many programs use lay home visitor model
  17. 17. Role of Home Visitors • Develop trusting relationships with families • Build on families strengths • Support families as they identify goals and address issues • Connecting families to community services, programs and activities
  18. 18. Home Visiting  Growing Great Kids Curriculum  Cues and communication  Basic care  Social and emotional development  Physical and brain development  Play and stimulation  Parent supports  Injury prevention and home safety
  19. 19. Home Visiting Supervisors  The programs have Supervisors provide regular support and supervision to the Home Visitors.
  20. 20.  Each program has staff who work with families to acknowledge and address mental health and addictions concerns  Provide services in a non-traditional way including home visits  Support the Home Visitors Mental Health and Addictions Team
  21. 21. Early Learning • KidsFirst Programs provide funding to early learning centres in their communities to expand the number of spaces so that children in the KidsFirst Program will have access to this support
  22. 22. Child Care •KidsFirst has developed an array of childcare options for KidsFirst families including drop-in and respite spaces. • Provision of childcare is a critical first step in supporting parents to return to work or school. •Childcare is also provided as part of a family’s therapeutic plan.
  23. 23. Parent Supports •Assistance is provided to build on strengths and to address each family’s unique needs. •Parents are supported to explore their hopes and dreams, identifying their deepest wishes for a good life for themselves and their children.
  24. 24. Regional Community Development  Throughout the province there is funding for Regional Community Development Positions  They work in varied ways to highlight and address important issues related to the early years.  A community development approach is used.
  25. 25. KidsFirst service provision differs from conventional service provision… and is responsive to the realities of the lives of the families involved in the program, many of whom have not been effectively served by other services.
  26. 26. Length of Involvement  Families are eligible to stay involved until they reach their goals and graduate or until their youngest child is 5 years of age.  Goal is graduation
  27. 27. Is KidsFirst making a difference?