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Edmonds Community College    
  Jan 18, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Catalog
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CYFS 320 - Resources and System Navigation

5.0 Credits
Examines community resources in the context of community building, family support and empowerment, cultural competence, and social justice. Analyzes and develops skills in navigating complex systems that impact children, youth, and families.
Prerequisite Admission to BAS Program.
Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Construct an understanding of the mission, professional roles, and services of community agencies and programs that serve, support, and advocate on behalf of children, youth, and families.
  2. Analyze factors that influence the effectiveness and availability of community programs in order to remove barriers and successfully provide resources to meet the needs of children and families.
  3. Examine the importance of providing individuals with support in navigating the complex systems they are involved with, including the value of consistent, up-to-date information in expanding personal choice and comfort with service options.
  4. Formulate the role of the early childhood educator or social service professional in participating in or facilitating inter-agency communications and teams for families with complex service needs.
  5. Design skills in providing navigation and referrals that have cultural relevancy and are appropriate and respectful of the population of children, youth, or families served in the educational or social services setting.
  6. Evaluate various methods used to support others in accessing resources and negotiating systems for themselves to increase empowerment and the development of self-advocacy.

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