ERIC Number: ED458999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Building Blocks: The Next Steps for Supporting Alaska's Young Children and Their Families.
Alaska State Dept. of Education and Early Development, Juneau.; Alaska State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Anchorage.
As part of the ongoing efforts in the state of Alaska to improve the health and well-being of the state's young children, the Alaska Departments of Education and Early Development and Health and Social Services are collaborating to develop a plan to address the critical outcomes and strategies that will support and improve the lives of Alaska's children and families. This report identifies many of the challenges facing Alaskan children and their families and identifies outcomes, beginning strategies, and indicators to help measure progress. Following an introduction, the report is presented in five sections. Section 1, "Assuring Maternal and Child Health," focuses on improving birth outcomes and the newborn's earliest environment, ensuring that children maintain physical and mental health, and protecting children from harm and injury. Section 2, "Enhancing Early Care and Education," delineates markers of high-quality programs. Section 3, "Supporting Healthy Stable Families," describes family responsibilities and delineates characteristics of resilient children. Section 4, "Developing Supportive Neighborhoods and Communities," describes characteristics of a healthy community. Section 5, "Establishing Support Systems," notes the importance of collaboration at the state and local level and details state responsibilities. In each section, positive outcomes are identified, suggested strategies are delineated, and possible indicators to measure progress and gauge success in achieving outcomes are listed. In addition, each section provides questions to guide community or agency/business self-evaluation regarding possible contributions to the identified outcomes. The report concludes with the charge that Alaskan citizens, communities, and organizations identify at least one action they can take that will make a difference for children. (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Health, Community, Cooperation, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs, Government Role, Infant Care, Neighborhoods, State Programs, Well Being, Young Children
Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Department of Health and Social Services, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, Juneau, AK 99801. Web site: http://www.hss.state.ak.us
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education and Early Development, Juneau.; Alaska State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Anchorage.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska