Quick Facts about Children’s Services Council

 

Children/Families Served in FY 2015-2016*

  • 26,622 served through Healthy Beginnings maternal/child health programs
  • 38,081 served through quality child care and afterschool programs
  • 6,368 served through BRIDGES neighborhood centers
  • 71,793 served through special initiatives and other outreach

*numbers served may include duplicates


2016-2017 Budget Information

Budget: $128.1M

About the budget: More than 88% of funding goes directly into programs for children/families.

Millage rate: .6833

About the millage rate: The owner of a single-family home with a taxable property value of $250,000 (with $50,000 in typical exemptions) would pay an ad valorem tax of about $137 a year.

Click here for more detailed financial information.

Programs and initiatives:

  • Children's Services Council funds more than 50 programs/initiatives.
    Click here for a list of funded programs.
  • More than 250 child care programs participate in our Strong Minds system.
    Click here for a list of child care sites in our Strong Minds system.
  • About 150 afterschool programs participate in our Quality Improvement System.
    Click here for a list of afterschool programs in our Quality Improvement System.

Recent Accomplishments

Child Outcomes

  • Fewer Palm Beach County babies were born low birthweight (less than 5.5 pounds) in 2014-15 than the year before.
  • Fewer babies born to mothers who received prenatal services from CSC-funded programs were low birthweight (8.2%) in 2014-15 than the year before (9%).
  • Palm Beach County’s teen birth rate reached a 20-year low. In addition, the rate of teens giving birth to a second child also is the lowest in 20 years.
  • Less than 1% of children whose families received services from CSC-funded programs were victims of verified abuse or neglect in 2014-15.
  • Countywide, 70.3% of children were ready for kindergarten. For children who received services from CSC-funded programs, nearly 72% were ready.

Additional Accomplishments

  • Programs
    • The Council launched Project DULCE, which offers medical and legal guidance to parents of infants to help stabilize the family’s health and well-being.  
    • The Council piloted a Light Touch Developmental Services program for Palm Beach County children at risk of developmental delays or social-emotional vulnerability.
    • The Council expanded nutrition services for pregnant women and families with young children, and added more Spanish-speaking facilitators to Triple P, its Positive Parenting Program.
  • Reading
    • Since launching the “My Happily Ever After Begins with Reading” literacy campaign countywide, the Council has held six free book fairs and given more than half a million books to local children.
    • The Council teamed up with Leadership Palm Beach County to convert old newspaper boxes into 20 Little Free Libraries and place the mailbox-like structures in neighborhoods across the county. The Council supplied the books for the mini libraries, which promote a “take-a-book, leave-a-book” strategy to encourage reading.
  • Great Ideas
    • In 2016, the Council released funding to encourage local nonprofits to try something new. The grant, called The Great Ideas Initiative, received more than 130 applicants. Two dozen were chosen to receive up to $25,000. For the list of recipients, click here.
  • Safety
    • This past year, the Council released a free mobile app – SafeMap – to help families find local sites for low-cost swim lessons, car seat installations, bike helmet fittings and prescription pill disposal.
    • The Council partnered with Palm Beach County’s Parks & Recreation Department and numerous other community groups to host two free summer pool parties, in Belle Glade and West Palm Beach, to encourage safety in and around water. Around 1,700 residents enjoyed the parties.
    • The Council partnered with Safe Kids Palm Beach County to host a Safe Kids Day at Palm Beach Outlets. More than 500 free bike helmets were properly fitted and given out to children who attended the safety event.

 


 

 

 

 

Additional questions about Children's Services Council?

Contact Shana Cooper, public information officer, at 561-740-7000 ext. 2170 or click here.

 

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2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
561-740-7000 or 1-800-331-1462
561-835-1956
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