How CSC Makes a Difference
Healthy, Safe, Strong
Children's Services Council, an independent district created by Palm Beach County voters specifically to meet the needs of Palm Beach County's children, is a unique entity. The Council provides leadership, funding and research on behalf of Palm Beach County's children, so they are born healthy, growing up safe and ready to learn when they enter school.
How do we do this?
We outline clearly defined goals and partner with local nonprofit and government agencies, who then employ best practices in providing services to children and their families.
The end result?
Children are given the fundamental tools for success, so they will be much less likely to:
This does more than save us all money. It gives us peace of mind and provides the foundation for a strong, safe community we are all proud to live in.
Need more proof?
Palm Beach County taxpayers saved millions in health care costs in recent years by helping to ensure that more babies were born healthy.
Why does this matter? Because just one very low-birthweight baby can amass more than $100,000 in hospital costs in the first year of life. But you’re helping to make a difference. By funding Children's Services Council, you're helping more than 15,000 women and infants receive maternal/child health services. And it's paying off. In 2012, 13% of babies born in Palm Beach County were pre-term (before 37 weeks gestation) and 8.8% were born low birthweight (less than 5.8 pounds) - the lowest numbers since 2003.
Palm Beach County taxpayers helped keep children safe. In fact, between 95-99% of children whose families participated in a child abuse prevention program funded by Children’s Services Council did not enter the state's child welfare system for at least a year.
Why does this matter? When children grow up safe, everybody wins. Safe, secure children are much more likely to be emotionally, socially and academically ready for school – and for life. And Palm Beach County taxpayers save $23,000 a year, on average, for every child who doesn’t end up in foster care.
Palm Beach County taxpayers helped prepare more children for school. Nearly 72% of children in a Quality Counts voluntary pre-k program scored ready for kindergarten in 2013, compared to 65% of their peers countywide.
Why does this matter? Children who are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten are more likely to be reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade, which makes them more likely to graduate from high school and grow up to be productive adults. In 2013, about 200 child care providers serving more than 16,000 children participated in Quality Counts, a quality improvement system supported by Children’s Services Council and other community partners.
Communities that invest in early childhood development see a 10% annual rate of return on their money, according to Nobel Laureate Economist James Heckman.
This kind of investment in our young children today increases future workforce skills, raises productivity and assures America’s competitiveness in the global economy. And that makes us all stronger.