Resiliency in Action is a collaborative effort between the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services' Young Children's System of Care and the Springfield Early Childhood Comprehensive System, a collective impact approach led by Square One as the back bone organization.
Through the facilitation of summits providing opportunities for professional development and cross sector networking, Resiliency in Action aims to provide a space for cross sector community providers to work together in order to learn about, identify, and reduce sources of adversity, and to strengthen resiliency in Springfield's families and youngest children.
The Resiliency in Actions summit held on February 1 at Shriners Hospital for Children focused on Building Resilience in Young Children with a particular focus on utilizing developmental tools with Springfield's young children, from birth to age five. The Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS) and the Young Children's System of Care shared their project objectives on both the state and local level, including an opportunity to participate in the DRIVE initiative to be implemented in Springfield.
The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley presented on the DRIVE project, which has been successfully implemented in Boston. The DRIVE initiative offers a collective impact approach to supporting development in young children through the training and utilization of a common developmental screening tool, with access to a data base that would allow Springfield to capture data regarding children's development from birth to age 5.
The 50 providers that attended the summit had the opportunity to experience a presentation by Dr. Desiree Lalbaharie-Josias, Director of Early Childhood Department at the Collaborative for Educational Services, focused on culture and strategies for providers to better support the development of young children through the understanding of a family's culture. The afternoon concluded with a community cafe, which provided a networking opportunity for providers to discuss challenges and strengths in supporting families and building collaborations within the community.