VISION - MISSION
- All children are socially and emotionally competent and resilient.
- Caring adults support, build, and advocate for young children’s social and emotional well being.
- Systems and communities serving young children and families are high quality, aligned, and coordinated.
CRYC is a collaborative of mental health and early childhood agencies that promotes the social and emotional development and well-being of young children, strengthens the capacity of all adults who care for them, and advocates for coordinated, aligned systems.
The CRYC’s Core Philosophy guides its members in their interactions with one another as well as in the execution of our work with our partners, funders, and the community. We abide by the following:
- Collaboration and coordination across systems, primarily early childhood and mental health, are the key underpinnings of the CRYC. We share knowledge, expertise, and learnings with one another to create high quality services for children, families, and professionals.
- Commitment to executing our work with integrity, respect and compassion and being good stewards of our resources.
- Sustaining excellence in our services by basing our practices in research and using evidence-based practices where applicable. We look for opportunities to develop innovative services based on our own data-driven and reflective practices.
- Services are strength-based, flexible, and incorporate multiple modalities.
- Advocating for resources and actions to achieve our Vision for the community.
The CRYC bases its work in these Core Values:
- Parental and child resilience is supported and recognized as critical to the well being of families. Resilience is the capacity to remain hopeful, be flexible, manage change, and overcome challenges. Resilient parents and children are able to effectively access resources and networks of support needed to manage stress and bounce forward.
- Children’s social-emotional development is critical to success in school and life. The capacity to form relationships and regulate emotions is connected to children’s cognitive, language and physical development.
- Relationships are important. Strengthening adult-child and adult-adult relationships enhances the resources available to children that support their development. The child-parent (as primary caregiver) relationship is key to children’s success. Two-Gen strategies ensure parent and child access to resources and supports needed to promote their resilience.
- The behaviors of infants, toddlers and young children represent feelings. Caregivers must be attuned to children’s behavioral messages in order to assist children in the development of initiative, attachment, and self-regulation (key protective factors).
- All parents are respected and honored for their values, wisdom, and experience. Parents are valued as their child’s first teacher – their opinions, beliefs, aspirations, and experiences with their child are sought, appreciated and utilized. Familial and cultural values related to parenting and child-rearing are understood and respected. Disclosures are aligned with the values and intentions of parents.
- Promoting diverse, inclusive, and equitable practices is critical to eliminating disparities and promoting the social and emotional wellness of children, families, and communities. To ensure positive outcomes for all children and families, injustices and racism experienced by families of color and families living in poverty must be recognized and changes made to the systems and practices that perpetuate these disparities.
- Promoting protective factors through universal and targeted approaches ensures all children and families benefit, not just those considered “at risk.” It is expected that at some point in time, all children and families will need support. This support is offered in partnership with parents (parents in the lead) and is based upon their needs and intentions. Needs are kept confidential, and support is offered in a non-judgmental fashion.
- Trauma-responsive practices support the health and wellness of the entire family. Adversity, stress, and trauma is often inter-generational. Understanding what families have experienced promotes empathic interactions that initiate the healing process for children and the adults that care for them.
- Solutions and resources are relevant, practical, and accessible. Practices are based upon current research and tailored to meet the individual needs of providers, families, and children.
I always look forward to my coaching sessions with RCFP. My coach listens carefully to the needs of my children, my families, and myself and provides a wealth of experience and ideas. I feel very supported in my program. The trainings offered have been a vital resource for me, professionally and personally. I look forward to continuing my partnership with RCFP.