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Presented at the 21st Annual Research Conference

The Reciprocal Relationship between Young Children with Severe Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties and Parenting Stress and Strain

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Presenting: Joy Kaufman; Kim Shepardson Watson

All Authors for this paper: Joy Kaufman; Kim Shepardson Watson; Ellen Vaughan; Amy Griffin; Elaine Fitzgerald; Kathy Carrier

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Systems of care for children under the age of 6 who experience severe emotional and behavioral difficulties yield the greatest success when delivered within a family context and attend to the issues of stress and strain that the caregivers of these children experience. This presentation will describe the family-based intervention being provided in an early childhood system of care and will present data examining the reciprocal relationship between child functioning and caregiver stress and strain.

Trauma Experiences of Children Served by Early Childhood Systems of Care

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Presenting: Cindy Crusto; Meghan Finley

All Authors for this paper: Cindy Crusto; Meghan Finley; Jo-Ann Gargiulo; Lesby Payne

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This presentation will focus on the potentially traumatic experiences of young children in the systems of care. Data collected using the Traumatic Events Screening Inventory - Parent Report Revised will be used to describe the different types of potentially traumatic events which children in the evaluation have experienced. The study also will explore the potential mediating role of socio-demographic variables, children’s emotion regulation, and caregiver stress.

Creating a System of Care Tailored to Meet the Unique Needs of the Early Childhood Population

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Presenting: Elizabeth Masten; Robin Orlando

All Authors for this paper: Elizabeth Masten; Robin Orlando

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This presentation will discuss the development, implementation, and continued maintenance of partnerships that led to the creation of Allegheny County’s Early Childhood Strategic Plan, Logic Model, and local evaluation plan. Topics discussed will include the key activities that led to these partnerships, lessons learned, and suggestions for replication in other communites. Additionally, tips on how to engage family members and youth in meaningful ways in a strategic planning process that results in productive family-professional partnerships will be shared.

An Exploration of Factors Mediating Disruptions in Young Children's Relationships with Primary Caregivers

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Presenting: Ilene Berson; Maria Garcia-Casellas

All Authors for this paper: Ilene Berson; Maria Garcia-Casellas

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Using outcome data from the national evaluation in conjunction with measures selected for implementation by a collaborative of early childhood systems of care, this presentation will describe an analysis of the reciprocal interaction between stress in the parent-child relationship and disruptions in young children's primary caregiving placements. Preliminary findings suggest that parental distress predicts the continuity of the chid's relationships with caregivers in the home and in early learning and care settings.

Risk Factors among Young Children Served in Early Childhood Systems of Care

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Session Number: 46 Room: Salon H

Presenting: Ilene Berson; Gary Blau

All Authors for this paper: Ilene Berson; Gary Blau

Presentation Type: brief symposium

Synopsis: In 2005 six early childhood system of care sites were funded by SAMHSA to begin to strengthen the connection between mental health services for young children, the early intervention system, the child welfare system, primary health care for young children, and child care providers and preschool programs. The Early Childhood Systems of Care have been working to evolve promising practices that establish and improve existing linkages between the children’s mental health system and the early childhood, child welfare, and health care systems. Key stakeholders from these systems have engaged in collaborative planning processes designed to actively implement early childhood mental health systems of care. Over the six-year federal funding period, the early childhood systems of care are designed to improve and increase mental health and non-mental health services and supports provided for very young children consistent with system-of-care principles and best practices; link a newly created system of care with elements of the early childhood, child welfare, and health care systems; and provide comprehensive training and technical assistance to ensure that these linkages remain in place. Baseline data on young children and families served in the systems of care will be presented, and findings will highlight the effects of diverse collaborative efforts that have been implemented to provide young children and their families with intensive services that promote resilience and reduce risk factors.

Date: Monday, February 25, 2008

Session Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM