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ECAP Releases A Report on the Wellbeing of Children in Bernalillo County
Speakers Bureau Set to Deliver Presentations, Engage Community
Albuquerque, NM, March 31, 2016 – Our kids aren’t doing as well as they could be. That’s the finding from the first-of-its-kind report on the status of children in Bernalillo County. Ready Together, Each Child Thrives 2015 Early Childhood Report is being released today by the Bernalillo County Early Childhood Accountability Partnership (ECAP), an initiative of United Way of Central New Mexico and Mission: Graduate.
The report provides data in key areas, such as maternal social support, stable and affordable housing, child poverty rates, maternal educational attainment, school attendance, child safety and access to services. A speakers bureau has been developed to give presentations and to engage others interested in the effort.
“Since coming together in 2010, we’ve become convinced that our organizations had to find new ways of aligning our work and learning from each other to collectively tackle unacceptable outcomes that our youngest children and families are facing every day,” says Lois Vermilya of the UNM Family Development Program and ECAP Co-Chair. “Our shared expertise helped to develop the Ready Framework and key indicators that you will see throughout this report.”
The report follows the ECAP Ready Framework, in which Ready Communities, Ready Families, Ready Services, and Ready Schools create Ready Children. In it, readers can find indicators in each of the categories along with what is working in our community and what it will take to improve outcomes for our children.
Go to the Mission: Graduate website for more information. To request a presentation on the Early Childhood Report or to learn about ECAP’s work, contact Tracy McDaniel, ECAP Coordinator at (505) 604-3243. On Facebook, go to BC.ECAP and on Twitter @ECAPMG
Bernalillo County Early Childhood Accountability Partnership (ECAP) is a place-based effort to improve outcomes for children and their families, from pregnancy to age eight. Using the guiding principles of collective impact, ECAP convenes partners that are committed to data-driven efforts that address the systems that perpetuate inequitable outcomes for young children and their families. ECAP is one of Mission: Graduate’s four Collective Impact Networks. #ECAPMG
Mission: Graduate is a cradle-to-career partnership consisting of educators, local employers, educational support providers, government leaders and citizens who are committed to a goal of 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates in central New Mexico by the year 2020. Mission: Graduate is an initiative of the United Way of Central New Mexico. #60Kby2020 #ECAPMG #MissionGraduate
United Way of Central New Mexico, founded in 1934, serves a four-county region. UWCNM’s mission is to bring people and resources together to measurably improve lives and strengthen our communities. To learn more, visit www.uwcnm.org or call 505-247-3671.
The ECAP network is undertaking four strategies to ensure that more children are ready for and succeed in school:
Early Literacy: Working to promote the importance of Early Literacy to families with young children. The team is working with local schools and has developed a curriculum for high school students to learn about early literacy and develop presentations to pass the information along to other students. This project was piloted with Health Leadership High School.
Early Family Supports: Working to increase use of underutilized family and early childhood resources. To identify specific areas of greatest need, one project team is currently engaging families in focus groups and listening sessions to learn about their experience in navigating the service system. Another project team is working to engage providers to learn about the professional development opportunities already available locally.
School Attendance: Working to reduce chronic absenteeism beginning in Preschool through high school. By working together with school and community partners, we have created attendance toolkits with talking points and tips for school leaders and community partners. We are also helping schools form attendance teams that are using chronic absence data to design school and community based strategies for attendance improvement.
Summer Learning: Working to promote learning experiences and healthy living during the summer. To combat learning loss, the Summer Learning Council is working with museums, libraries, schools, health clinics and doctors, local food and wellness programs, and others to give children numerous opportunities to learn throughout the summer.
All four of these strategies are aligned with the priorities of the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the goal of which is to increase by at least 100 percent the number of children from low-income families reading proficiently at the end of the 3rd grade by the year 2020. ECAP and Mission: Graduate became members of the Campaign in 2015.