Projects

2013/2014 Foundations of Infant Mental Health Training Program 

Small child crawlingThe Central California Children's Institute, in parternship with the Central Valley Regional Center (CVRC) and First 5 Fresno County, is completing the second year of its regional training program in the foundational principles of infant-family and early childhood mental health (IFECMH). The program provides basic IFECMH training for 140 new practitioners from six to seven agencies in the CVRC six-county catchment area. These trainings will serve to move participants closer to meeting state-level endorsement in IFECMH, if desired.

Curriculum for the trainings is based on the IFECMH Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies devleoped by the California Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Workgroup in 2009. Lecture sessions include approximately six hours per training day. At each of the training sessions, small reflective practice learning pods will meet for one hour in the afternoon. These pods are configured to represent varied disciplines and agencies across counties. The learning pods are facilitated by facilitators-in-training of the First 5 Fresno County Reflective Practice Mentor Group.

Upon completion of the training program, and meeting all program requirements, participants will receive a certificate that details the training domain and competency that was met by the training sessions.

For more information about the training, click here.


Positive School Discipline

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 The California Endowment has awarded a two-year grant, in the amount of $504,182 to the Children's Institute to promote positive disciplinary practices in Central Valley Schools.

The grant enables us to provide technical assistance to school districts that are implementing positive discipline practices to reduce suspensions, improve school climate and boost student well-being in the Central Valley.

A pool of technical assistance providers will be created to help districts take the right steps toward sustainable, comprehensive, positive change in their school discipline policies and practices.

School districts engaged in the Positive School Discipline project include:

  • Bakersfield City Schools
  • Corcoran School District
  • Fresno County Office of Education
  • Mendota Unified School District Profile
  • Modesto City Schools
  • Reef Sunset District
  • Sierra Unified School District Stockton Unified School District
  • Tulare Joint Union High School District

For more information about the Positive School Discipline Project, contact Heather Berg, Project Coordinator at (559) 228-2164.


Using Data for Policy Change Workshops

The Central California Children's Institute in collaboration with Fresno County Interagency Council for Children and Families conducted two data workshops to demonstate the use of data to influence child policy and train community organizations to use data more effectively in their work.

Using comtemporary examples of issues facing children in the San Joaquin Valley, the data workshops will build the capacity of non-profit leaders and program developers to use both quantitative and qualitative data in efforts on behalf of children, and to craft data-driven policy advocacy tools. The workshops will cover topics such as:

  1. Using literature reviews to conceptualize desired policy changes and outcomes
  2. Understanding theories of change and logic models for framing policy approaches
  3. Selecting appropriate data for monitoring change, as well as for program planning, needs assessments, grant proposals, etc.
  4. Identifying, accessing, and analyzing secondary data (local, state and federal) sources
  5. How to present data in a meaningful way

The workshops were supported by a grant from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.