Broward’s Infrastructure Design to Guide and Sustain Permanency for Young Foster Children (BRIDGES). Nonprofit agency founded in 1971 Supporting low-income and at-risk children and their families in South Florida
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Broward’s Infrastructure Design
to Guide and Sustain Permanency
for Young Foster Children
Early Learning & Education
Creating a BRIDGE
Why is this needed
The prolonged, severe, unpredictable stress caused by abuse and neglect can alter brain development.
Toxic stress in young children causes negative impacts on the child’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social growth.
Effect of abuse/neglect on developing brains
The first five years are crucial to a child’s brain development and lay the foundation for all future learning
Foster children come with challenging behaviors
Common child care issues for foster children
aims to create an early learning environment that is stable and high quality for young foster children to heal their trauma and provide a place of protection
Training of Child Welfare and Child Care Professionals
Early Screening and Identification
Quality Child Care Settings
Positive Behavioral Support Program
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