Broward Children’s Strategic Plan

CALLED TO ACTION

The Broward County Children’s Strategic Plan (BCCSP) was a product of the Children’s Summit held in Broward County in 1999. The Broward Benchmarks provided guidance in identifying community concerns, many of them stemming from broad and deep systemic societal issues, such as poverty and its consequences, as well as family and community dynamics and their impacts on children. The County Commission formally approved the plan on February 19, 2002. Based on the Hawkins and Catalano “Communities That Care” (CTC) model, the plan sets the vision, mission, goals and objectives for establishing a better community in which children live, learn, and thrive.  The 2017 Youth Summit convened at the Broward Convention Center on February 21, 2017.  Service providers, advocates, youth, and Broward residents participated in fostering and coordinating many planning initiatives for Broward County.  The Summit also celebrated the progress made toward meeting benchmarks set out in the Children’s Strategic Plan since it began in 1999.

“The Community Called & We Answered!”

RESPONSE

A Collective Impact approach was taken to implement the plan. Committees were formed consisting of public & private entities, government, faith-based organizations, and community residents who meet frequently to share data, strategies/best practices, accomplishments, and activities concerning children and families in Broward County. Using the Results Based Accountability (RBA) framework, this information is summarized into a Turn the Curve Report that is submitted to the Leadership Coalition, which consists of Broward’s policy advisory entities. The Leadership Coalition provides a platform for policy change and funding recommendations to be made.

“From Planning to Action!”

"We work to achieve a series of goals pertaining to the Children's Strategic Plan by training and engaging with community leaders" - Sue Gallagher

Broward Children's Strategic Plan MapFor more information about the Broward Children’s Strategic Plan, contact Keisha Grey, Ed.D at: kgrey@cscbroward.org.

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Other CSC-Funded Community Initiatives
Eagles' Haven

Eagles’ Haven is a community wellness center created solely and mindfully for the MSD/Eagles community giving current, future and former students, parents, family members and faculty one responsive and nurturing place to call or drop in for any supportive service or wellness needs 7 days a week, free of charge. Services include: wellness experiences, information and education, and family strengthening services.
Primary POC: Halle Solomon| Eagleshaven@eagleshaven.org |954-618-0345

Early Childhood Programs
Early Literacy Interventions | Reading & Math, Inc.

Reading & Math, Inc., through a partnership with Broward County Public Schools, is implementing the Reading Corps program in Broward County. Florida Reading Corps tutors serve Broward County's most at-risk students with targeted early literacy interventions. Reading Corps screens all students at designated schools to identify children who are behind on early literacy skills, and develop individualized tutoring plans to meet each child's needs.

Prosperity & Hunger Programs
Earned Income Tax Credit | HandsOn Broward

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal anti-poverty program that provides financial assistance for working families. In 2002, the Children’s Services Council began promoting EITC through a county-wide public awareness campaign. Since then, over $500 million have been returned to Broward residents.

Prosperity & Hunger Programs
Earned Income Tax Credit | Hispanic Unity of Florida

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal anti-poverty program that provides financial assistance for working families. In 2002, the Children's Services Council began promoting EITC through a county-wide public awareness campaign. Since then, over $500 million have been returned to Broward residents. Many low-income EITC recipients file their returns for free at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, and a mobile team that serves Broward residents.
Primary POC: Ingrid Ekblad | iekblad@hispanicunity.org

Early Childhood Programs
Financially Assisted Child Care Services | Early Learning Coalition of Broward County

This program provides subsidized child care for low-income families residing in Broward County based on income eligibility. The intent of this program is to prevent child abuse and neglect; assist families in becoming or remaining economically self-sufficient; and prepare preschool-aged children to enter school ready to learn.

Family Strengthening
Foster Care & Adoption | Forever Family

Weekly segments on the NBC-6 local news feature Broward children in need of a permanent, caring home. On occasion, Forever Family will highlight related issues, such as foster parentrecruitment, Guardian ad Litem recruitment, and foster/relative care youth transitioning to independent living.
Primary POC: Gia Tutalo-Mote | gia.foreverfamily@gmail.com

Family Strengthening
Foster Care & Adoption | Heart Gallery of Broward

A traveling exhibit of professional portraits and biographies of children available for adoption. The photographic and kiosk-based gallery is displayed in many public places, such as shopping centers and libraries that can reach hundreds of prospective parents.
Primary POC: Yvette DuBose | yvette@heartgalleryofbroward.org

The Faces of CSC

The impact Future Prep had on Sarah fomented her desire to give back to her community. Today, she is a Counselor for Memorial’s CSC-funded Youth Force program, helping other young people gain confidence and determine their own path for the future.
This program has touched me and made a difference in my life.
Thanks to the Children’s Services Council and the YMCA of Broward County, students have an opportunity to give a voice to issues that are important to them.