Concurrent session – 14 Priorities to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Early Childhood Care and Education – Shantel Meek and Evandra Catherine
-Grave inequities have long pervaded the education system and have affected the lives of millions of children from historically marginalized communities, starting at birth. In this session, participants will examine ways institutional racism and other forms of bias have impacted the experiences of children and families from marginalized communities. The presenter will highlight 14 critical priorities and actionable steps that federal and state policymakers can immediately and concretely use to advance equity, to build stronger, more equitable systems for all children and families.
DaSyTalk – Improving the Child Welfare Referral Process Through Automation – Ginger Elliott-Teague and Lou Anne Mullens, Oklahoma
-The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act require state child welfare and Part C programs to establish procedures for the referral of infants and toddlers who have been maltreated or exposed to drugs to Part C services. In this DaSyTalk, a representative from Oklahoma will describe how the state automated the child welfare referral process through an online form and demonstrate how the form is used. Participants will learn about several benefits Oklahoma has realized since establishing this process: using built-in rules of completion; referrals not meeting CAPTA requirements being screened out; and, when submitted, referrals being sent immediately to the appropriate Part C personnel based on children’s residence.