Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is a “project to promote the wellness of young children ages birth to 8 by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development.” Project Launch West Virginia is piloted on Charleston's West Side and seeks to improve coordination across child-serving systems, build infrastructure, and increase access to high-quality prevention and wellness promotion services for children and their families”. In West Virginia, Project LAUNCH is utilizing six strategic approaches: Essentials for Childhood; Strengthening Families: A Protective Factors Approach; Social-Emotional Competence and Learning; the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework; Triple P-Positive Parenting Program; and Parents as Teachers.

Children are society’s future; investing in their development and well-being is essential. The goal of Project LAUNCH is to promote the wellness of young children by improving coordination across child-serving system. Integration of six strategic approaches: Essentials for Childhood Framework, Strengthening Families: Five Protective Factors Framework, Social Emotional Learning, Head Start Parent, Family, Community Engagement Framework, Triple P, and Parents as Teachers revealed common constructs and emphases. Those include:

  • the importance of bolstering strengths and protective factors,
  • grounding strategies in childhood development,
  • making the family connection, and
  • emphasizing the importance of culture.

Integration of these core themes and approaches can help stakeholders and practitioners bring alignment to their work through common language and understanding, and ultimately toward ensuring our children are given every opportunity to thrive. Growing the positive that exists in our communities, our families, and our children is a worthwhile investment and one that has far reaching benefits.

For more information, visit the Project LAUNCH – West Side Proud website www.westsideproud.com