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The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene (CCDMH) had the opportunity to work with Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. (COI), the Child Care Council for Chautauqua County, to host the Park United Methodist Head Start faculty and staff training this fall Church in Sinclairville to perform.

Rachel Ludwig of CCDMH and the Tapestry Resilience Initiative shared family engagement strategies for faculty and staff. Ludwig’s presentation included content from ZeroToThree’s Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect, Breathe For Change Social Emotional Facilitation, and the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Curricula.

According to its website, Head Start puts children at the center of meaningful engagement. The training presented supported evidence-based best practices for fostering positive and goal-oriented relationships between children, families, caregivers and program staff. Participants received references, workbooks and local resources on the topics covered.

“Some of the resources and discussions focused on the importance of self-care,” said Louis. “It might seem absurd to do this as part of family commitment – but really – being confident, creative and reflective is part of the common goal of supporting children and families.” It all relates directly to the family commitment.”

COI’s Sue Marker, Beth Faulkner and Rebecca Reed assisted with Ludwig’s presentation. The Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is a resource center for families, child care providers and communities. CCR&Rs improve access to quality, affordable childcare by providing a wide range of services, from training like today to helping families find childcare; providing support, education and resources for childcare workers; to collect research on child care needs and trends to inform community members and policy makers.

The goal of the Tapestry Resilience Initiative is to provide safe and responsive trauma-informed services to prevent mental, emotional and behavioral disorders; identify and address concerns as early as possible; and to strengthen existing collaboration between community groups and create effective coordination to provide the necessary support and services to children, youth and their families. This collaboration with COI is an excellent example of this coordination.

To learn more about the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene or the Tapestry Resilience Initiative, visit To learn more about Head Start and other local child care services, visit or call 716-366-3333.

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