First Steps Kent - RAPID EC Partnership
RAPID is an early childhood and family well-being survey based in the Stanford Center on Early Childhood that launched in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective is to collect essential information from households and families with young children and to provide actionable data to key stakeholders to inform immediate and long-term program and policy decisions.
RAPID and First Steps Kent are partnering to hear directly from Kent County’s families with young children about their experiences, needed supports, and what’s going well. The plan is to use this data to inform annual investments and community initiatives.
The goals are:
- Gather essential and ongoing information from parents and caregivers
- Provide timely and relevant data to inform local policies and programs
- Complement existing data collection
- Build local capacity for rapid-cycle methods to enhance the impact of our partners’ work on behalf of children, families, and child care workforce
RAPID is an ongoing national survey of households with children ages birth-5, designed to gather essential information on the needs, health promoting behaviors, and well-being of children and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have partnered with the RAPID team to ask parents of young children about what they are experiencing, to hear parents’ voices, and better understand how we can serve families in our community. Here is a link to a toolkit for partners who can help recruit additional, parents.
Please take a look at the articles below. First Steps Kent and Stanford held a presentation on December 9, 2022 that included an overview of the findings so far. If you missed it you can view the data and recording below.