Consortium for Resilient Young Children
Consortium Member Agencies
Centerpoint Health (formally Talbert House)
NorthKey Community Care
Dorothy June Sciarra, Professor Emeritus
CRYC is a collaborative of mental health and early childhood agencies that promotes the social and emotional development and well being of young children, strengthens the capacity of all adults who care for them, and advocates for coordinated, aligned systems.
All children are socially and emotionally competent and resilient.
Caring adults support, build, and advocate for young children’s social and emotional well being.
Systems and communities serving young children and families are high quality, aligned and coordinated.
The Core Philosophy guides the CRYC members in their interactions with one another and the execution of our work with our partners, funders and the community.
In 2004, a working group of mental health and early childhood professionals was convened by The Children’s Home of Cincinnati in response to the findings from a gap analysis conducted by Success by 6® which indicated the community needed to focus attention on higher quality child care, parent awareness about their role in their child’s life, and a focus on the social and emotional needs of young children. Around this time, The Cincinnati Enquirer and other sources featured articles regarding the large number of preschool and kindergarten expulsions locally and nationally. (Gilliam, 2004)
The CRYC received a grant from the US Department of Education under the Early Learning Opportunities Act (ELOA) in 2005. Success by 6 was the fiscal and lead agency. The ELOA project was the stepping-stone for the development of an integrated model of mental health and early childhood services delivered in child care environments.
In 2006, the CRYC was awarded a three-year grant of $650,500 by the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. The Children’s Home is the fiscal and lead agency. The program, Promoting Resilient Children (PRC), started January 1, 2007. Through consultation, coaching and training services, PRC will increase the professional capacity of child care staff, thus enhancing children’s social and emotional development while providing mental health interventions for children birth to age five. This supports United Way’s Priority Outcome #1: Children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Services will be offered to 25 centers and their staff as well as 1250 children ages 3 months to five years. The core of the program is the PRC Coach (ex. mental health specialist).
In 2008, the CRYC was awarded a two-year grant by the Hamilton County Families and Children First Council and the Ohio Children’s Trust fund. 4C for Children is the fiscal and lead agency. CRYC agencies and Santa Maria Community Services are delivering the services. The program, Strengthening Families in Westwood and Cheviot is designed to prevent child abuse and neglect and build five key Protective Factors through the implementation of the Strengthening Families. Strengthening Families in Westwood and Cheviot has three program components: working with early childhood program and family child care providers, developing a community coalition to create a community-side strategic plan to prevent child abuse and neglect, and launching a community awareness campaign.
In 2011, the CRYC was awarded a two-year grant from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Social Innovation Fund. The Children’s Home of Cincinnati is the fiscal and lead agency. The Resilient Children Project has three goals: 1) to expand early childhood mental health consultation services in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport; 2) to conduct a rigorous evaluation of the project; and 3) to support the infrastructure of the Consortium for Resilient Young Children.
In addition to grant-funded projects, the CRYC uses its resources to focus community attention on the importance of social emotional development in young children through advocacy, consultation, and information sharing.
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