United Way works with the community to change systems to serve people better.
Caryl Corbett, Owner & Director, Little One’s University
I’ve always loved my job, but running a child care center is hard and many of the families we work with are struggling. It meant a lot that Caring Collaborative was willing to work with our Center to figure out how to give our children what they need. Caring Collaborative created an opportunity to talk openly about our struggles and how our community could come together to provide for children. As a result, our Center has been infused with training, resources, and the space to flourish. We can support the parents, which in turns supports the children being able to come and learn.
Caring Collaborative brought resources to us and now we are able to offer so much more, including therapeutic services and an on-site meals program. Everything has changed as a result of Caring Collaborative. I’m proud of my Center and what it provides. We are part of a community where people are willing to help. Our teachers, our families, and our children are supported. Everyone is lifted up!
THIS IS A STORY ABOUT HOW WE SUPPORT FAMILIES
The current mental health system that supports children and families is complex and inadequate. Families often reach crisis before receiving necessary support. Current funding structures are a barrier. To make change, we need to meet families where they are – both literally and figuratively. The Caring Collaborative places the family at the center of service provision, allowing the system to more effectively respond to their needs.
- 78% of participating families report that they found resources that were right for them.
- Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are now available to all children at the center.
- 86% of staff feel more confident in their ability to manage challenging student behavior.
HOW WE’RE INVOLVED
The Caring Collaborative is an innovative pilot project to develop a family-driven, comprehensive care model that works with and learns from parents, children and staff within a childcare setting. United Way is a lead partner and funder, along with Howard Center and University of Vermont Medical Center.
LEARN MORE: DOWNLOAD THE 2017 CASE FOR IMPACT