Children's Services Council recognizes that local, state and federal resources contribute to the well being of children and families in Palm Beach County. Therefore, CSC monitors state and national legislative activities and strives to be a recognized leader in advocacy for children by working with policymakers to pursue a cohesive vision. CSC also works with local, state and national groups to plan, align resources and promote efficiencies in programs and services.
Our core priorities:
- Advocate for funding of maternal and child health, early childhood and school-age programs. We believe that it is critical to fund and maintain these essential services for children. That means: maintaining programs and services for pregnant women, mothers and infants to ensure children are born healthy and to identify and address children's delays and disabilities as early as possible; promoting and protecting quality early care and education services so children are ready to learn when they enter school.
- Support the safety and well-being of young children and school-age youth. We believe children cannot grow up to be healthy, productive adults if they are not healthy and safe as children. To promote this, we advocate for child safety campaigns, promote quality afterschool programming and support effective prevention programs that help parents raise their children in a positive way.
- Ensure accountability. We fund programs and services that are backed by sound evidence and research. It is imperative that programs and services are selected based on their ability to achieve measurable outcomes.
- Support a statewide system of evidence and research-based programs to improve birth outcomes, prevent child abuse and neglect, and improve school readiness. Children's Services Council understands we cannot accomplish our goals alone. That's why we partner with a multitude of local, state and national organizations to design a web of supports and services that benefit all Palm Beach County children.
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