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The mission of CFVI’s Early Childhood involvement is to serve as a facilitator of efforts to promote early childhood experiences that will positively impact children’s development, readiness for school, and later life success. The Family Connection (TFC) is committed to raising public awareness, increasing parent/family engagement, advising stakeholders on best practices, and serving as a clearinghouse for funding dedicated to early childhood.
Data collected over the years brought the need to focus on improving the quality of early care and education to the forefront. In response, CFVI established in 2006 an early childhood initiative, entitled The Family Connection.
CFVI’s early childhood initiative was launched in 2006, with the establishment of The Family Connection (TFC). Data reviewed through our role as the KIDS COUNT organization for the USVI highlighted the need to focus on improving the quality of early care and education throughout the territory.
Our aim is to strengthen the territory’s child care and early education infrastructure by building awareness of the importance of early learning and development for success and working with community agencies to promote quality care and education. In particular, TFC provided training programs, networking, and resources to child care providers, early education professionals, and parents of young children.
A physical TFC Center opened in 2006, with the intention of providing space for the early childhood community to gather and share ideas on raising the standard for early care and education. The TFC center provided books, educational materials, and toys to children, their parents, child care providers, and teachers. In 2014, the TFC Center was relocated to the Educational Center of the St. Thomas Humane Society campus and is currently available for access/use by request. For a comprehensive listing of activities and highlights to date, see the TFC Accomplishments Summary.
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