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  1. Coming Together to Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline in MassachusettsA Half Day Summit of Community-Faith and Policy LeadersRecommendations from Small Group Strategy Sessions

  2. Group 1: End Child Poverty

  3. End Child Poverty Goals Form a multi-sector coalition (for increased communication & goal awareness among all organizations) which would work to increase focus on poverty and recidivism prevention in the following areas: A. CORI reform B. Stakeholder (including funders) knowledge of poverty issues, effects, and treatment by outsiders C. Response to mental health care issues D. Access to equitable resources E. Increase education efforts about available resources and programs to improve life circumstances for the poor

  4. End Child Poverty Resources Utilize local universities and students for: A. Tutoring B. Mentoring C. Advocating for the students they work with Develop programs with local law enforcement to educate offenders (especially juvenile) of the resources available Increase grass roots efforts to work with government organizations, foundations, and non-profits to increase advocacy for the poor. (Keep the pressure to change on those who can make it happen)

  5. End Child Poverty Action Train students in health, education, criminal justice, etc. programs on cultural sensitivity to socioeconomic diversity Advocate for simplifying and streamlining public assistance requirements and process Mandate meeting health care needs when dismissed from prison, e.g. providing meds till they can be supplied by MassHealth Inmate education programs: A. health care available B. financial incentives for employers hiring persons out of prison C. bond insurance available to employers hiring persons out of prison Recommendations for action

  6. Group 2: End Child Poverty

  7. End Child Poverty Goals I: Economic / Job related • Creation of more jobs • Shorten the work week • Support small businesses in local communities • Forming economic cooperatives • Housing II: Education / Child and Human Development related • Early childhood intervention/parenting • Addressing/healing psychological trauma III: Legal System related • CORI Reform

  8. End Child Poverty Resources I. Economic / Job related  • Workers organizing/labor relations • Internships • CORI –friendly jobs • Using membership dues (via jobs held) and retirement funds to serve Massachusetts communities II. Education / Child and Human Development • Training – home ownership/understanding finances, media and technology • Leadership opportunities • Connections to elite institutions/universities • Partnerships with schools • III. • Housing to be secured • Legal Reform • Voters/citizens to contact legislators • Alternate interventions through programs addressing young drug users, etc… • Transportation safety (i.e. mbta travel)

  9. End Child Poverty Resources III. Legal System related • Housing to be secured • Legal Reform • Voters/citizens to contact legislators • Alternate interventions through programs addressing young drug users, etc… • Transportation safety (i.e. mbta travel)

  10. End Child Poverty Actions Follow up sessions –sharing info Relationships Commitment to a specific project Create venues for more youth and parents involved in ongoing conversations

  11. Group 3: End Child Poverty

  12. End Child Poverty Goals • We focused on education of the child and family as the avenue to reduce childhood poverty. • Instill hope, dreams and a vision in families and children; fight learned helplessness. A special emphasis on men and fathers. • Change the mindset of teachers and those working with kids -- teachers and counselors need higher expectations for kids, need to build them up. • Increase quality communication within families and between the community

  13. End Child Poverty Resources People here Best practices within organizations represented in this room

  14. End Child Poverty Actions • Bringing together a coalition of different people -- increased communication between agencies and people in the community. • Use and collect stories -- need to communicate these issues through compelling narratives • Build relationships and relationship-building skills - focus on one-to-one conversations, link people to each other • Linking people that are here

  15. Group 4: Ensure Health and Mental Health Coverage for Every Child

  16. Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Goals • Create education services for families on how to access services: use cards, find a provider • must be geographically accessible, non-intimidating • linked with local entities • Increase role of community based health services & school based health centers

  17. Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Resources • Role Models for Healthy Behavior • Students in schools of higher ed • Peers at school • Health and Mental Health Providers Example: Healthy Families

  18. Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Actions • Reform anti-bullying legislation to be treatment-oriented and not focused on criminalizing children • Increase incentives to work with local community entities • Ensure culturally competent providers who are familiar with the community

  19. Group 5: Ensure Health and Mental Health Coverage for Every Child

  20. Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Access Barriers • Cultural/linguistic barriers to family seeking help from mainstream health care resources • Parental knowledge/choice about interventions • Lack of trust and/or misinformation • Afraid to advocate/hidden risks (living situation, undocumented, domestic violence, etc.) • Economic barriers (lose work/job, no transportation, no co-pay $) • Program staff/teachers/primary care clinicians lack recognition skills for mental health needs

  21. Goals Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child • Increase general level of symptom recognition and mental health awareness • Youth and family public policy reforms • Increase access to prevention activities

  22. Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Resources Mayor’s office (e.g. Boston) Faith community Youth serving agencies/schools/pre-schools Mental health and primary care providers Family members/advocates

  23. Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Actions • Launch child mental health awareness campaigns for • Family members/caregivers • Health care providers • Teachers • Agency staff (i.e. juvenile justice) • Target judges and probation officers to divert youth to MH vs. JJ programs • Facilitate and monitor presence of links to PCP’s within JJ

  24. Actions Ensure Health and Mental Health Care for Every Child Ask “what is your need” within church congregation Promote universally available prevention programs (i.e. community arts) Meet with legislators to advocate for policy reforms (i.e. young adult CORI legislation, paid sick days for family members) Meet with governor’s office to advocate for program expansion (i.e. mentoring)

  25. Group 6: Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development for All

  26. Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All Goals Stop system from locking up our children Home visiting Outreach workers Sense of identity Bringing ideas and setting goals for parents Stopping labels – wording of reports from negative to positive Adequate, safe, licensed child care facilities Schools taking responsibility Change public policy Urban public schools punitive Harlem Baby Project Replication Sense of pride in identity outside of neg. models Home-visiting programs and outreach programs Overwhelming bureaucracy Schools and housing look like prisons

  27. Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All Resources We can all be educators City Year Programs for women in jail Systems for Positive Behavioral Support Aid to incarcerated mothers Committee of friends, family, and relatives The people Book about visiting of young children Positive behavioral support exists in some states in schools Aid to incarcerated mothers – lost $ , re-establish driving to visits and mentoring

  28. Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All Actions Banning zero tolerance policies Supporting children while mothers are away Rehabilitation for mothers and fathers who are in prison Setting up a buffer for both parties (parents and children) Keeping mothers in communities

  29. Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All Actions Change way MC clinicians write - language is important Ban zero tolerance policies in schools/reserve for violence Bring programs to moms in prison and keep connection between parent and child Re-establish aid to incarcerated mothers Recreate summit at City Year; Follow-up with core members that work with kids

  30. Group 7: Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development for All

  31. Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All Goals • Develop systems of collaboration • Find connecting points, broad constituency movement (include trade groups and business) • Identify what’s going on that’s right. • Divert 1% of budget to preventive programs • Start a public campaign • Focus groups • Find something that resonates with people who are disconnected from violence as an everyday reality • Use facebook as an advocacy tool • Come up with a solution-oriented message – find the right language • Re-frame the issue: Make it positive • What children and youth deserve – a society that trusts and respects them.

  32. Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All Resources Study: re: cost to society of a young person incarcerated ($135K - $500K/lifetime cost for every young person who isn’t diverted); David will send out. Welfare system isn’t working: www.carecaucus.org See notes for highlights of conversation.

  33. Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All Actions What could you do differently now in your realm of control and authority? • Leland: Nursery school across the street from his shop. Plans to go introduce himself to the children and shop them around his shop. • David: Best crime prevention program there is = People who think that people should be locked up realizing that the system isn’t working.

  34. Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All Actions Jody: Latina family childcare providers – Get them to promote change for children. Carol: Think in terms of current-day reality. Relationship disconnect is an issue. Use facebook/websites as a tool.

  35. Group 8: Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development for All

  36. Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All Goals Early and correct identification of mental/emotional health problems Ensuring integration of families and prenatal health care Universal home visiting for all individuals (teen moms, etc.) Un-collapse mental disabilities, teenage delinquency Treat as individuals Make clear to parents the importance of attachment theory, deal with maternal depression Enhance professional development of childcare providers

  37. Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All Resources SAMSA, Community health centers in Boston Childcare agencies Special ed providers Colleges and universities Families Arts Institute of Boston (Horizons for Homeless Children) Schools of social work and education Mass New Parents Initiative Centering (prenatal and post-partum) Healthy Baby and Healthy Child Pyramid Model CSEFEL Reach Out and Read

  38. Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All Actions • Give support to health centers, children and families in diagnosing and giving correct support, explaining and integrating families • Pregnancy health programs, to ensure healthy born children • Parenting classes for middle/high school kids • Less theoretical educations, better and more up-to-date curricula at schools of social work and education

  39. Provide High Quality Early Childhood Development Programs for All Actions • Demystifying early intervention resources and programs • Increasing # of early intervention providers • Family literacy • Checklist for parents for picking out a daycare provider and dealing with positive and negative aspects of daycare

  40. Group 9: Ensure Every Child Can Read at Grade Level by Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

  41. High Quality Education Goals Publicize the issue Provide access to resources (reading materials) Provide support for and empower caregivers Provide support for students outside of home Community mobilization Expanded learning time Change Code of Discipline

  42. High Quality Education Resources Boston Parent Organizing Network Right Question Project Boston Foundation

  43. High Quality Education Actions Make information about adolescent cognitive and identity development readily available Write letter to President Obama

  44. Group 10: Ensure Every Child Can Read at Grade Level by Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation

  45. High Quality Education Goals • Expand teacher recruitment and emphasize teacher retention • teacher compensation • incentive programs for non-traditional teachers and professionals • professional development • peer mentoring • induction • coaching

  46. High Quality Education Goals • Enhance the curriculum for teacher and support staff preparation • community building/community organizing skills • developmentally and culturally responsive • student interest-based • practical • research on high expectations • Reinforce Elementary Education programs with ELA content knowledge and practices

  47. High Quality Education Resources literature/resources education organizations/non-profit networks research skills moral language time knowledge of inclusive education and cultural responsiveness data collection/analysis organizations University Lab Schools experience working with young children and with school districts

  48. High Quality Education Resources own organization that prepares publications policy experience credibility legal services/legal training enthusiasm to teach

  49. High Quality Education Actions conducting research transfer research into tools and resources for practitioners use of publication to agitate community action for advocacy in education professional development for teachers entering the teaching force advocate in community trained in peer mediation youth mentoring/volunteering musical skills

  50. Group 11: Ensure Every Child Can Read at Grade Level by Fourth Grade and Guarantee Quality Education through High School Graduation