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What is CCB? What do those words even mean? In this blog we explore this through the lens of early childhood special education (ECSE) and early intervention (EI), and we discover not only what the term means, but also how it can be used as a force multiplier for young children and their families in the Family Readiness mission.

CCB is often defined as “people who feel a sense of shared responsibility and apply their strengths to achieve desired results” (Mancini & Bowen, 2014). Ultimately the goal of CCB is for both informal and formal support systems to work together to achieve positive result for members of the community.

In the field of EI/ECSE, the desired result of our community (professionals and families who work together on behalf of young children with disabilities) is to see children learn and grow to their full potential through nurturing, enriched relationships with caregivers.  The informal supports within this community are parents, caregivers, extended family, friends, and other individuals who interact with the child in relatively intimate relationships. Formal supports include YOU – the EI/ECSE professional! This symbiotic relationship between informal and formal supports for children is a force multiplier that enhances outcomes for children. Like a rock thrown into a pond,CCB has a ripple effect that spreads wide and deep.

As an ECSE/EI professional, you are in the position to equip caregivers with skills and knowledge to nurture a child’s growth and development. And FDEI is here to help you do just that. Community Capacity Building at its best: All of us using our strengths to achieve desired results. When one part of this formula is missing, the capacity of all decreases…so let’s work together to achieve remarkable outcomes.