Project LAUNCH is a five-year cooperative agreement which seeks to ensure the wellness of all young children birth to age eight so they may succeed in school and life. The program works to strengthen the connections between early childhood caregivers (including parents, pediatricians or primary care providers, child care providers, and early childhood educators, and the individuals and systems serving school-age children, including elementary school personnel. Project LAUNCH’s guiding principles are to promote a holistic perspective, to foster an ecological framework, and to employ a public health approach.
CSKT Project LAUNCH uses a system’s perspective to enact holistic and sustainable changes in the community, specifically addressing the physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of young children’s development. The grant relies heavily on input from an advisory committee, which is made up of Parents, Mental Health Administrators and Practitioners, Numerous Childcare Providers (private and organizational), School District Personnel from all Reservation Schools, Local Hospital Staff or Administration, as well as S&K Housing, DHRD, Tribal Health, Tribal Education, Tribal Courts, Kootenai Culture Committee, Salish Culture Committee, Forestry, SKC, University of Montana, Lake County Public Health, Best Beginnings Collaboration, and Tribal Council. This committee provided guidance and input in developing the vision and mission for the project, as well as the strategic plan.