Goals and Strategies

Goal: Improved conditions for children and families in Catoosa County

School Readiness Strategy

Provide families of young children opportunities to access resources and programs to promote child development and readiness for school.

Types of programs and activities will include quality Early Childhood Development programs (Early Head Start, Head Start, and Georgia Pre-K), links to agencies and supports (Catoosa Kids Day, Car Seat Checks, resource directories), access to health care services (Health Department screenings at Kids Day, Perinatal Case Management, Children 1st), parent education (Parents as Teachers, Nurturing Parenting), and transition services among programs. Efforts will be made to re-engage private Pre-K and early learning center representatives on the strategy team. At least one additional family member will be added to the strategy team and efforts will be made to keep them fully engaged in informing other families and providing feedback to the team.

School Success Strategy

Provide teens an array of asset-building opportunities and supports to help promote personal decisions leading to success in school and life.

Types of programs and activities will focus on teen needs: academic needs (such as high school academic coaches, Communities in Schools, Performance Learning Center for alternative education, Renaissance Program to reward grades and behavior, APEX instructional software for credit recovery and instructional support), cognitive needs (such as Career Technical Agriculture Education, Youth Apprenticeship Program), behavioral needs (such as Catoosa Attendance Review Team, Catoosa Prevention Initiative for substance abuse), and psychological needs (Partnership 2000 mentoring program, homeless liaison for unaccompanied youth, and clothing/food/shelter through Catoosa Children?s Fund). Some activities will be offered through the younger grades such as the dictionary project and Red Ribbon Week. The community coalition, Community Prevention Alliance Workgroup (CPAW), will recruit new partners to assist with a Teen Maze that will address underage alcohol consumption, drinking and driving, seat belt use, and other teen decisions. A team of teenagers will work with the CPAW on the Teen Maze. Nurturing Parenting ??” Adolescents, or a comparable parent education curriculum for teen parents, will be offered through the Georgia System of Prevention Services funds. Additional parents will be invited to participate in the Collaborative and share with others in their churches and neighborhoods.

Stable Families

Help ensure that vulnerable families improve their stability and self-sufficiency by having access to education and support services.

Types of programs and activities will build on the protective factors for strengthening families and preventing child maltreatment. For individuals, there will be parenting education such as Nurturing Parenting and Parent Outreach to build competence in the parenting role, build knowledge of parenting and child development, and build resiliency for handling normal family stressors. For the families, the Family Support Team process will be used to identify strengths and link families with resources to meet needs through a family action plan. For the broader environment, concrete needs will be met through Christ?s Chapel Share and Care Ministry, weekend snack sacks for children, Seamless Summer food program, Catoosa County Children?s Fund, adult education through Georgia Northwestern Technical College at the Catoosa Learning Center (transportation and child care provided), job training through GNTC, activities through Prevent Child Abuse ??” Catoosa, special needs children through Wraparound Initiative Northwest Georgia, and Good Touch/Bad Touch curriculum for young children. A barrier to success is the ?cycle of violence? that is culturally accepted by some families and must be overcome. The Catoosa Community Partnership for Protecting Children strategy team will continue to adjust to the merge with Prevent Child Abuse Catoosa, and meet family needs without CPPC funding. Increased participation by faith-based partners will be sought to assist with linking families to agencies and supports in the community.