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

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Our organization provides leadership, advocacy and resources to enhance the lives of the children of Broward County and empower them to become responsible, productive adults.

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Family Strengthening
KID FIRST | Kids in Distress

In-home program provided weekly to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect. Program comprised of three components: 1) Case Management, 2) Supportive Counseling and 3) Parent Education using the Strengthening Families curriculum.
Primary POC: Manuel Guzman | manuelguzman@kidinc.org | 954-390-7654 ext. 1376 Misty Cipyak | mistycipyak@kidinc.org | 954-390-7654 ext. 1309

Health & Safety Initiatives
Kidcare Outreach | Florida Department of Health in Broward County

The Children’s Services Council provides support for the Broward County Health Department to deliver personalized assistance to prospective KidCare enrollees and answer the many calls to 954-INSURES. KidCare outreach staff have forged partnerships with governmental and community-based organizations to promote the program and serves as the leading source of application distribution to Broward schools and child care facilities.
Primary POC: Rebecca Miele | Rebecca.Miele@flhealth.gov

Capacity Building
KidVision/WPBT | WPBT Channel 2

With WPBT’s KidVision VPK, teachers watch, learn, play and integrate the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Standards through entertaining and educational virtual field trips that appeal to both adults and children. Teachers learn the standards and then use the web-based field trips to add another dimension to their classroom curriculum. Also provided are lesson plans and student assessment forms.

Family Strengthening
Kinship Initiatives for Supportive Services | Legal Aid of Broward County

County-wide services for legal advocacy and support services to families providing kinship care for children and youth. Referrals are limited to CSC Kinship providers.
Primary POC: Ericka Peoples | epeoples@legalaid.org

Family Strengthening
Kinship Initiatives for Supportive Services | Memorial Healthcare System

County-wide support services for kinship families with children ages 0-18, and for children and youth with special needs ages 0-22. Groups are offered in Fort Lauderdale (KID) and Hollywood (Memorial).
Primary POC: Laura Costa | lcosta@mhs.net

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.