Resilient SI 2.0 (Early Childhood)
With support from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, a new partnership between early educators and K-12 school districts is emerging. Resilient Southern Illinois, a partnership of southern Illinois school districts, the Southern Illinois Coalition for Children & Families, and Child Care Resource & Referral-JALC are bringing awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma-responsive practices to area’s public schools, childcare programs, Head Start programs, and Pre-K programs. They also hope to better meet the needs of the region’s children by creating coordination and alignment between the early childhood education and K-12 systems.
The Resilient Early Education Pilot will initially work with three area school districts and their “feeder systems” of childcare, Head Start, and Pre-K centers. Teams of leaders from these organizations will help develop the actual program which will be based on the same principles as Resilient Southern Illinois:
- Collaboration between labor and management in schools is essential.
- Building leadership capacity and facilitating systems change are foundational to our work.
- Our work must be approached with a racial equity and social justice lens.
- Family and community engagement are central to the success of our efforts.
- Investing in adults is critical to child well-being.
The program features many of the elements of Resilient Southern Illinois’ work with public schools including:
- Building leadership teams;
- Investing in their professional development;
- Shaping ambitious but realistic plans;
- Creating the flexibility needed for schools and early education sites to incorporate these insights into their day to day practices.