Racial Equity

CSC and our community are committed to all children and families in Broward thriving. In order for this to occur ongoing structural racism and implicit bias need to be disrupted and transformed to create the conditions for prosperity and well-being.

Our Initiative in Action

Broward County is home to more than 400,000 children and the sixth-largest school district in the United States. Since 2000, when the CSC was created by voters to fund after-school, diversion and family strengthening programs among others, the number of youth arrests in Broward has decreased from more than 13,400 a year to just over 4,400 a year. The percent of black youth being arrested, however, went from 53 percent in 2005-6 to 75 percent in 2016-17. Black youth comprise about 30 percent of the total population. Racial disparities exist across all child-serving systems. The goal of the racial equity initiative is to eliminate these racial disparities.

To work toward this goal, more than 3,000 partners have been trained in the local history of racism and how the racial segregation set up under Jim Crow laws and attitudes still persists in our community. Included in this training is the research from the Kirwan Institute on how bias shows up in education, health care, criminal justice and employment practices and decision making. Since 2016, Racial Equity trainings co-funded by the CSC graduated 1048 individuals, including 200 youth participating in CSC funded programs.

As a result of this foundational education and understanding, the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) has begun implementing strategies to decrease racism and increase racial equity. We have implemented a diverse array of approaches to change ourselves, our programs and our communities due to our commitment that all children grow up to become responsible, productive adults.

None of the racial equity work we are doing would be possible without a shared understanding of the history of racism in our community and country, common language to talk about structural racism and racial bias, and leadership to provide resources and room to make the changes. We are learning how racism across education, law enforcement, criminal justice, employment and other parts of our community systems play a role in producing disparate treatment and life outcomes based on perceived skin color.

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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.