As a high-performing organization, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County continually examines the best ways to analyze data and show results. A new Goals Dashboard, unveiled at Thursday’s Council meeting, is the latest tool to display how CSC is faring on long-term, high-level child outcomes.
The new dashboard tracks the following child wellness indicators:
- Percent of premature births, and percent of low birthweight births
- Percent of children (0-5) with verified findings of abuse or neglect
- Percent of children scoring ready on the state kindergarten readiness assessment
- Number of children enrolled in quality afterschool or summer programs
Staff told the Council that the dashboard answers the questions, “how is CSC doing over time?” and “how is CSC doing compared to others like CSC over time?” In general, the dashboard’s most recent data show improvements in the areas of birth outcomes, child abuse and neglect, and school readiness.
The council requested additional disaggregated data to see how race/ethnicity/gender and other demographic factors play a role in child outcomes. The council also asked for comparison data or benchmarks to help put the available information in context. Staff will share additional data at the Council’s Annual Planning Session in June.
The Council also heard presentations on Thursday from 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, which provides a 24-hour crisisline as well as resource and referral services, and ChildNet, a nonprofit that oversees foster care services in Palm Beach County.
In other business
Counseling Services: The Council approved an increase of up to $300,000 for counseling services provided by Center for Family Services (CFS), as both engagement and demand for services has increased. CFS’s Counseling for Parents and Young Children program currently is serving nearly three times the number of clients than during the same period in the last fiscal year. CFS’s current allocation for this counseling program is $400,000.
Expanded Learning Opportunities: The Council approved an increase in Prime Time Palm Beach County’s budget of up to $170,000 so Prime Time can offer Expanded Learning Opportunities to 114 summer camps sites. The sites are approved by the county’s Youth Services Department to serve children receiving summer camp scholarships. Expanded Learning Opportuniti