Our Prevention Portfolio
Each of our initiatives is part of a larger prevention portfolio. Initiatives can be plugged into each Community Prevention System to address specific issues along the cradle to career spectrum.
In the center of the circle, are age-specific initiatives that Nebraska Children developed to address specific areas where a community needs to see improvement.
- Early Childhood - Sixpence Early Learning Programs and Rooted in Relationships address the needs of the youngest children, ensuring that parents and caregivers have the necessary knowledge to foster healthy development.
- School Age - Beyond School Bells works with school districts across the state to provide afterschool and summer learning opportunities that are provento close the achievement gap between rich and poor. Camp Catch-Up reunites siblings from age 8-19 who have been separated by foster care. The goal is to nurture the critical connections between brothers and sisters, to create a sense of permanency in the lives of children who have experienced far too much upheaval and instability.
- Older Youth - Project Everlast works to harnass the voice of "unconnected youth" ages 14-24 -- many of whom have aged out of the foster care system -- and to help them access the services they need to transition to a stable, productive adulthood.
Each of our initiatives uses Evidence-Based Practices that are proven to have a positive impact. The second band lists the Evidence-Based Practices currently in use by Nebraska Children.
The outer ring represents the overall context of how these initiatives and practices are delivered:
- The Process | Collective Impact - A specific type of collaboration that ensures community ownership and maximizes existing resources.
- The System | Community Response - This model for the resulting Community Prevention System allows families to be served by community organizations without unnecessary involvement of the child welfare system.
- The Outcome | Protective Factors - The result of the initiatives, Evidence-Based Practices, Collective Impact process and Community Response model is an increase in Protective Factors, a nationally recognized predictor of family strength, health and stability.