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Across the country, community coalitions are popping up because one agency alone cannot solve the issues of child abuse and neglect. In early 2020, PCHAS co-founded one of these organizations in North-Central Texas. The Navarro County Early Childhood Coalition has a vision that every child in the county will experience well-being, feel connected and be ready to thrive by age five.
, an offshoot of PCHAS’ plays a leading role in the Navarro County Early Childhood Coalition. Both organizations focus on improving the health, safety, relationships and school readiness of young children. The coalition brings together early childhood and social service leaders who are reducing the rates of child abuse and neglect and keeping families together.
Already this organization has received an award from the state for its collaborative efforts. Why is it so important and how is it making a lasting impact on families and young children?
As a community, we have decided to throw away the old idea that says it is the parent’s job alone to raise their children. We must face facts that many parents today who are raising children grew up in families with a lack of safety, health, connection and school readiness themselves. They cannot give their children what they did not receive. We have to help, teach and empower them to do better. The mantra of our community is, “There is no such thing as other people’s children.”
Rachel Gillespie, LMSW, directs the Growing Together Program in Corsicana, Texas and co-founded the Navarro County Early Childhood Coalition.
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