Early Edge California hosted the first 2023 meetings of its Family, Friends, and Neighbor (FFN) Advisory Group in March. During the meetings, Early Edge provided an introduction on the Leading from Home program and held a discussion on the resources FFNs need to support their work.
During the introduction of the Leading from Home program, FFNs learned of the one-year program where participants will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one coaching, attend monthly community of practice meetings, and receive guidance on policy and advocacy training.
Members then engaged in a meaningful discussion about the resources they require to enhance their work, sharing their perspectives and personal stories. They uplifted a number of priority needs, including self-care and resources to support mental health; wage support to support their financial security and ensure stability of the care they provide; recognition of their work and the value it has in communities statewide; and access to professional development and workshops. By addressing these key resource areas, the FFN providers aim to create a supportive and nurturing environment for both themselves and the children in their care. It is through the provision of these resources that they can continue to thrive and make a positive impact on the lives of the children and families they serve.
Captured with the permission of group members, the discussions will support our communications and advocacy efforts focused on FFNs to help elevate their stories and needs, as Early Edge CA continues to engage the field and identify pathways for improvement.
Join our advisory group! If you are an FFN currently receiving subsidies and are interested in joining the FFN Advisory Group, please contact us at [email protected] or call (310) 695-5481. Meetings are offered in English and Spanish.