The Early Childhood System of Care support families with children ages zero to five (75% of whom are zero to three) who live in South LA in receiving comprehensive support services through seven South Los Angeles Child Welfare Initiative (SLACWI) partner agencies, using St. John’s pediatric patient-centered home as the main entry portal.
Founded in 2009, the South Los Angeles Child Welfare Initiative (SLACWI) was created to break intergenerational cycles of poor developmental outcomes for children zero to five years in South LA and to reduce their risk of involvement with the foster care system. The Initiative works to build the individual, organizational and collective capacity of participants from 7 agencies and to provide a comprehensive “Early Childhood System of Care” for young children with an emphasis on children in kinship care and children born to teen mothers. It uses a holistic and cross-disciplinary approach to early childhood systems that combines health, early childhood education and social services to improve outcomes for children. SLACWI addresses change in both practice and policy to ensure that lessons learned improve the performance and impact of the organizations involved while ultimately informing better solutions for the entire field of child welfare.