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The Safe Start Initiative (Phase One) is a five and a half year national demonstration project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Department of Justice . Safe Start provides funding for eleven urban, rural, and tribal communities to address problems faced by young children exposed to violence within homes, schools and communities.

Notice to Safe Start: Promising Approaches Program Applicants

The Safe Start program that is the focus of this website is a demonstration project initiated by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 1998. We refer to this program as "Phase One Safe Start." It is the antecedent of the Safe Start: Promising Approaches program, described in the program announcement by that name with the closing date of September 10, 2004. This web site presents resources and information drawn from or gathered for the purpose of the evaluation of  Phase One Safe Start. While they are not descriptive of the data collection plans for Safe Start: Promising Approaches, we hope that these resources are useful to you as you consider preparing an application for Promising Approaches. This information about the Phase One Safe Start evaluation does not reflect either the national evaluation plans for Safe Start: Promising Approaches or the data collection requirements for Safe Start Promising Approaches sites.

Please note that there are some important differences between Phase One Safe Start and Safe Start: Promising Approaches. First, phase one focused on systems change and collaboration building, as well as service delivery, over a five and one-half year period. It had a one-and a half year planning phase before sites were expected to roll out their new programs. Safe Start: Promising Approaches, on the other hand, has a shorter time line and a tighter focus. Safe Start: Promising Approaches sites should plan to be serving children as soon as possible after the award is made. Also, Safe Start Phase One sites were required to plan and implement their own local evaluations. There is no such requirement under the Safe Start: Promising Approaches program announcement. Please keep these differences in mind as you review the materials on this site.

Since the inception of Safe Start: Promising Approaches, the Safe Start Center has been developed to work with national partners and a multidisciplinary group of experts to provide training and technical assistance to the 15 Promising Approaches Pilot Sites.

This page provides links to evaluation material developed by OJJDP, the eleven Safe Start sites and the National Evaluation Team. Also included are links to Internet resources that may be of use to programs working with children exposed to violence.





This site is provided by Community Science  as part of the National Evaluation of Safe Start- Phase One.