ERIC Number: ED463065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
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The Role of Community Development Corporations in Promoting the Well-Being of Young Children.
Knitzer, Jane; Adely, Fida
Recognizing that past efforts to promote healthy child development and to support families with young children have not been linked with efforts to promote family economic security in low-income communities, this exploratory project examined how community development corporations (CDCs) promote the well-being of low-income families with young children; the issues faced by CDCs as they seek to play a more active role in promoting the well-being of young children and their families; and how the role of CDCs in promoting the well-being of the next generation could be strengthened. Information was gathered through a review of the literature on community development, interviews with key informants from 15 organizations, and in-depth interviews with 9 CDCs to identify their strategies. The resulting profiles revealed that CDCs are focusing attention on young children and families using one or more of three basic strategies: (1) implementing child development and family support programs; (2) assisting child care providers by rehabilitating homes and providing training in business and child care skills; and (3) developing support strategies for families. The school readiness framework does not seem to be driving many efforts. Most efforts have involved significant help from national or regional intermediaries focused on child care and economic development. Challenges for CDCs include ambivalence about focusing on a specific age group and the need for technical assistance and support. (Appended is contact information for the profiled sites and the national intermediaries. Contains 23 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Development, Children, Community Development, Corporations, Family Programs, Interviews, Profiles, Well Being
National Center for Children in Poverty, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 154 Haven Avenue, New York, NY 10032 ($5; checks payable to Columbia University). Tel: 212-304-7100; Fax: 212-544-4200/1; Web site: http://www.nccp.org.
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for Children in Poverty.