What programs are part of the
Successful Children's Network?
Information current through June 30, 2018
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services
Western Wisconsin Nurse-Family Partnership Consortium
Family Resource Center - Rural Play N' Learn
Family Resource Center - Child Development Education and Support
Family Support Center - Rural Playgroups
Family Support Center - River Source Family Center
Marshfield Clinic - Reach Out and Read
Western Dairyland Economic Advisory Council - Head Start
Building Families is a voluntary home visiting service based on the premise that offering parent education, activities, and support, beginning with the birth of the first child, will empower families and dramatically reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect among those individuals identified at risk. A goal of the program is to help children reach school age socially, emotionally, and physically healthy and ready to learn.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services collaborates with the following partners with their Building Families program:
- Eau Claire County Department of Human Services
- Eau Claire City-County Health Department
- Chippewa County Department of Human Services
Western Wisconsin Nurse Family Partnership Consortium is an evidence-based home visiting program that targets first-time pregnant mothers and their children. Through a strong nurse-client relationship and training in best practices, nurses teach positive health-related behaviors including care of children, family planning, educational achievement, and participation in the workforce. Home visits occur during pregnancy and the first two years of the child’s life. They support the health and physical well-being of mothers and children through support of smoking and alcohol cessation, healthy eating habits, breastfeeding, and child developmental screening. The Chippewa County Department of Public Health and the Eau Claire City-County Health Department jointly implement this program in both counties.
Rural Play N’ Learn Playgroups provide parents in Altoona, Augusta, Fairchild, and Fall Creek access to a monthly child playgroup in their own community. These sessions are facilitated by a parent educator that is certified in the nationally recognized Parents as Teachers Curriculum. The parent educator will provide planned activities and be available to support parent-child and child-child interactions, to model appropriate skills, reflect on child development, facilitate peer mentoring and social connections, support parental understanding of child development, and answer questions in order to increase positive outcomes for children.
Family Resource Center collaborates with the following partners to provide Rural Play N' Learns:
- Fall Creek Public Library
- Augusta Public Library
- Altoona Public Library
- Fairchild Public Library
- Altoona Children’s Council
The Child Development Education and Support program is intended to provide a cohesive package of services to provide information, support and skills parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. Staff visit new parents in the hospital to share community resources, connect them to services, and assess risk and protective factors. These families may then receive follow-up visits in their home using the Parents as Teachers Curriculum to promote parental resilience, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social-emotional competence of children. Group meetings are held on-site at the Family Resource Center to promote additional learning and playgroup opportunities as well as parent education and parent-to-parent mentorship.
The Family Resource Center collaborates with the following partners to offer child development education and support:
- Literacy Chippewa Valley – Family Literacy Program
- Sacred Heart Hospital
- Mayo Clinic Health System
Family Support Center of Chippewa Falls – Rural Playgroups are engaging families in Bloomer, Cornell and Stanley. Each Parent & Child Playgroup offers opportunities twice per month for families to build community connections and access parenting and family resources in a fun and playful setting through interactive playtime, parent connections, healthy snacks, craft activities, plus music and story time. Families also receive one new children’s book each month to promote early literacy.
Family Support Center collaborates with the following partners to provide rural play groups:
- Bloomer Aquatic Center
- Cornell Elementary
- D. R. Moon Memorial Library, Stanley
- Chippewa County Department of Public Health (WIC)
- Family Resource Center of Eau Claire
River Source Family Center uses the Parents as Teachers Curriculum in one-on-one sessions, primarily home visits, which are driven by goals set by the parents with guidance from the parent educator. Visits emphasize parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, family well-being, and any immediate needs or crisis situations. Group connections take place once a week, are facilitated by a parent educator, and provide both a structured activity and play time. They provide an opportunity for parents to share experiences, discuss problems, learn from other parents, support one another, observe their child with other children, and practice parenting skills.
The Family Support Center collaborates with the following partners with their River Source Family Center:
- Chippewa County Department of Public Health
- Chippewa County Department of Human Services, Children and Families Division
- Chippewa County Department of Human Services, Birth to 3 Program
Reach out and Read is an evidence-based program that helps to develop critical early reading skills in children, and supports healthy brain and social-emotional development. Core components of the program include using time during the pediatric well-child visits between ages six months and five years to counsel parents on the importance of brain development and early literacy, teaching strategies and skills needed to read to their child, and providing a new developmentally appropriate book at each visit. This program is occurring at the Marshfield Clinic sites of Bloomer, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, and Oakwood with the intention of expanding to include Lake Hallie, Cadott, and Cornell once they are approved by the national Reach Out and Read organization.
Reach Out and Read collaborates with the following partners:
- Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc.
Head Start Dental Health Program provides children enrolled in Head Start with preventative oral health care including three dental screenings and fluoride varnish applications each year. The hygienist also works with the children to teach them good oral care habits and the importance of oral hygiene and works with the child’s family if it is determined that dental treatment is needed. The Head Start hygienist collaborates with the Eau Claire County public health nurses to provide oral health education to their WIC clients and with Literacy Volunteers to provide translation services.
The Head Start Dental Health Program collaborates with the following partners:
- Eau Claire County Health Department
- Literacy Volunteers of the Chippewa Valley