Children's Services Council



Quick Facts about Children’s Services Council


Children/Families Served in FY 2016-2017*

  • 31,000 served through Healthy Beginnings maternal/child health programs
  • 41,500 served through quality child care and afterschool programs
  • 70,000 served through special initiatives and other outreach

*Numbers served may include duplicates

2017-2018 Budget Information

Budget: $132.3 M

About the budget: More than 89% of funding goes directly into programs for children/families.

Millage rate: .6590

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 $132 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 220 child care programs participate in our Strong Minds system.
    Click here for a list of child care sites in our Strong Minds system.
  • About 160 afterschool programs participate in our Quality Improvement System.
    Click here for a list of afterschool programs in our Quality Improvement System.
  • More than 500 businesses receive dollars through CSC programs.
  • More than 1,600 jobs are funded through CSC, its provider agencies and early child care sites.

2016-2017 Child Outcomes

  • Fewer Palm Beach County babies were born low birthweight (less than 5.5 pounds) in 2016-2017 than the year before. In 2015-16, 8.5% were born low birthweight; in 2016-17, the percentage dropped to 8.2%.
  • Fewer babies born to mothers who received prenatal services from CSC-funded programs were low birthweight (7.2%) in 2016-17* than the year before (9.6%). 
  • 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. 
  • Nearly 98% of children, whose families participated in CSC-funded programs, were safe from abuse and neglect a year after completing services.
  • Countywide, 89.8% of children were ready for kindergarten in 2016. For children who received services from CSC-funded programs tied to kindergarten readiness outcomes, 91.1% were ready.

*Provisional data

(Sources: Florida CHARTS (Florida Department of Health); Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach of Palm Beach County; Florida Department of Children & Families; The School District of Palm Beach County)


Additional Accomplishments

  • Agencies/Programs
    • The Council contracted with Institute for Child and Family Health and The ARC of Palm Beach County to administer new Light Touch programs for vulnerable children and families.
    • The Council is working closely with United Way of Palm Beach County to implement a countywide Hunger Relief Plan.
    • The Council contracted with the Florida Institute for Health Innovation to administer the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review.
    • The Council contracted with Southeast FL Transportation to provide transport services to families in its Healthy Beginnings system.
  • Parenting
    • The Council successfully launched a free, new website and mobile app for those raising children in Palm Beach County. EveryParent offers families trusted tips, expert advice and local resources on topics ranging from health and education to parenting, safety and behavior.
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  • Reading
    • Since launching the “My Happily Ever After Begins with Reading” literacy campaign countywide in 2013, the Council has given more than 700,000 books to local children. In December 2017, the Council provided an additional 17,000-plus books to students at 27 elementary schools. The goal of the winter book distribution was to encourage reading over the holiday break. The 27 schools selected were those in the Palm Beach County School District that have a state-mandated extra hour of reading instructional time.
  • Great Ideas
    • For the second year, the Council released funding to encourage local nonprofits to try something new. The grant, called The Great Ideas Initiative, received more than 77 applicants in 2017. Of those, more than two dozen were chosen to receive up to $25,000. Since its inception, 50 projects have received more than $1 million as part of the Great Ideas Initiative.           
      For the list of 2017 recipients, click here.
  • Safety
    • The Council partnered with Palm Beach County’s Parks & Recreation Department and numerous other community groups for the third year in a row to host two free summer pool parties in 2017. The summer safety events, in Belle Glade and West Palm Beach, encouraged safety in and around water. More than 1,300 residents enjoyed the parties while receiving water safety messaging.
    • The Council again partnered with Safe Kids Palm Beach County and more than a dozen other agencies to host a Safe Kids Day at Palm Beach Outlets. Organizers fitted and gave out an estimated 500 free bike helmets to children who attended the event.
  • Collaboration
    • In anticipation of Hurricane Irma, the Council collaborated with six other funders in a coordinated effort to help local nonprofits recover from disasters. As of December 2017, the funders provided more than $700,000 to 60-plus organizations – covering the cost of everything from roof repairs to mental health services.
    • The Council continues co-leading Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures, a countywide Collective Impact project involving more than 180 organizations and businesses with the common goal of improving the lives of Palm Beach County’s children.

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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Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
561-740-7000 or 1-800-331-1462
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