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First-hand Insights

What is First-hand Insights?

We launched First-hand Insights to give our stakeholders reliable information and real-life inspiration. Why? Because we believe those working hardest on behalf of children deserve to hear directly from trusted sources and thought leaders in their field. Think of it as “news for CTF insiders,” a periodic, first-hand look at the tangible steps being taken to protect and strengthen Missouri’s kids and families.
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Issue 3 - March, 2022

2022 CTF Legislative Priorities, CTF Celebrates Launch of "Something We Agree On," Hero Highlights: Rich Hennicke, Get to know the CTF Staff, and more...

Issue 2 - October, 2021

Emily Interviews Gov. Parson on the Office of Childhood, CTF Develops Outcomes Rate Card for Home Visiting, The Impact of HBs 557 and 432, and more...

Issue 1 - June, 2021

5 Things to know about the new Office of Childhood, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention grants at work, CTF aims to change Social Norms, and more...

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Two Questions for Darell Missey, Director of Missouri Children’s Division

Two Questions for Darell Missey, Director of Missouri Children’s Division

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with the Honorable Judge Darrell Missey, who took on the role of Director at Missouri Children’s Division earlier this year.

As you might expect, Judge Missey has been busy. While most of our discussion centered around shared challenges and the ways our two organizations work together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Missouri’s children, I had my team follow up with a few important questions…

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“The State of Home Visiting,” by Joe Gallant, Kids Win Missouri

“The State of Home Visiting,” by Joe Gallant, Kids Win Missouri

Missouri boasts a decades-long history of providing home visiting services to its families. The newly-formed Office of Childhood (OOC) within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) supports and administers home visiting services, and there is a presence of at least one home visiting program, or model, in every part of the state. The existence of the Office of Childhood and its leadership has been praised by stakeholders from across the state. Prior to the creation of the OOC, the broader home visiting system suffered from…

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