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Project Launch Initiative on Charleston’s West Side
Through coordination with the West Virginia Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) and a strong local Kanawha County – West Side Child Wellness Improvement Council, West Virginia received a federal Project Launch grant to promote the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and behavioral well-being of children ages zero to eight and their families. Through a pilot process within Kanawha County, West Virginia will expand and enhance evidence-based services through a multi-tiered approach that includes implementing a Strengthening Families framework for early childhood educators, parents and local community stakeholders.
According to the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Pevention, Project LAUNCH seeks to improve outcomes at the individual, family, and community levels by addressing risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes. Project LAUNCH promotes protective factors that support resilience and healthy development, which can protect individuals from later problems.