are the primary agencies which prepare children for school and life.
However, parents can be more successful if they are bolstered by
informal and organized supports. Parents need to feel that they can
meet the basic needs of their children for safety, for food, for
emotional support, and for health care. ... The best early childhood
programs work with and through parents."
Supporting Young Children and Families, National Task Force on
DC Early Childhood
County Early Childhood Planning Coalition (DCECPC) comes
together to link community resources and families through a
coordinated planning process.
Our History: The
Douglas County Early Childhood Planning Coalition (DCECPC) was
formed in 1997 by members of local agencies and organizations to
identify gaps in services to young children and their families who
reside in Douglas County. Once these gaps are identified the
coalition develops strategies to eliminate them through a
coordinated and collaborative planning process. The coalition
actively seeks out local, state and national resources that can
support these activities in addition to leveraging significant
in-kind support from local coalition members. Over the years, DCECPC
membership has grown from ten to more than twenty participating
Recipient of more than $375,000.00 in grant funds since
Advisory group to the Douglas County Commission on Children and
Families for strategic planning related to early childhood
Developed and funded the DCECPC Parent Education and Training
Brokerage which is responsible for making high quality, no cost
parenting education workshops and series available year round in
various communities throughout Douglas County.
Grown to have representatives from more than 20 agencies and
organizations who serve young children and their families
participating in coalition activities.
Our Future Goals:
Continue to develop local organizational and funding structures
that will allow the Parent Education and Training Brokerage to
fund and expand its education offerings to include as many
diverse parent groups as possible.
To develop strategies that will support comprehensive and
effective mental health services for children 0-8 who are in
need of them.
For more information about the DCECPC, please visit our website at:
Gillian Wesenberg, Chair
Matt Brausam, Vice Chair
For more information: Please contact the
Commission on Children & Families at 957-4622.