The Training and Coaching Center for Healthy Futures is a partnership of 13 community organizations, led by Children’s Institute, that will address the inadequate system of prevention and care that has led to a growing mental health crisis among children and adolescents. The center will equip professionals who work with children with tools and strategies to support whole child health, including social and emotional learning, physical and mental health and fitness and nutrition.
In the first year, the center will work with a small cohort of schools, early education sites and afterschool programs to assess their current practices related to whole child health, identify goals for improvement and provide coaching, consultation and training to achieve those goals. Center officials expect to grow the program to serve additional child-centered organizations across the nine-county region.
The long-term goal of the center is to develop ongoing coaching and training relationships with organizations and the families they serve. Children’s Institute will serve as the lead agency providing overall management, staffing and coordination with community partners and GRHF.