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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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Emily interviews Governor Mike Parson on the new Office of Childhood

Emily interviews Governor Mike Parson on the new Office of Childhood

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Governor Mike Parson and really get his take on Missouri’s new Office of Childhood, its impact on children in our state, and his personal experiences with kids.

I hope you’ll take just a moment out of your day to watch, listen, or read some excerpts from our interview – I asked some important questions, like “How is early childhood related to workforce and infrastructure?” and…

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CTF set to award $4.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds

CTF set to award $4.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds

CTF has received $4.5 million in supplemental Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) funding as part of the American Rescue Plan, and is in the process of developing a plan to release these funds. CBCAP funding can be used for the development, maintenance, improvement, and coordination of initiatives and local programs designed to foster parent leadership, strengthen families, and prevent child abuse and neglect. All CBCAP lead agencies were strongly encouraged to…

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5 things you need to know about Missouri’s new Office of Childhood

5 things you need to know about Missouri’s new Office of Childhood

WHAT IS THE OFFICE OF CHILDHOOD?

The new Office, set to go into effect on August 28, 2021, will consolidate Missouri’s primary early childhood programs and funding (Child Care, Home Visiting, and Pre-K). Here are five powerful insights CTF Director Emily van Schenkhof has to offer about it:

1. It’s a good thing for Missouri kids!
Missouri’s early childhood governance has been weak—programs are spread across three state agencies, with limited strategic coordination. You may have experiences with state programs that have not lived up to their intent or potential. This move is designed to create a strong foundation for Missouri’s early childhood programs.

2. It won’t be easy.
Creating an efficient, effective and coordinated system will take…

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