Boynton Beach – Children’s Services Council staff on Thursday updated the board on the most recent Comprehensive Program Performance Assessment (CPPA), for year-end 2017-2018, in which programs were monitored on data quality and program implementation, operations and outcomes. Of the 61 programs reviewed, 41 were scored using the standard CPPA assessment and 20 were given the short form, which reviews whether programs are meeting deliverables. Of 41 programs scored with CPPA, 39 scored in the green, meaning they have met CSC expectations. Two programs scored in the yellow, meaning they require improvement in one or more areas.
Of the 20 programs given a short-form review, all met contract expectations.
In other business
Project DULCE: The JPB Foundation and the Center for the Study of Social Policy have awarded Children’s Services Council a two-year grant to fund the continued co-design and implementation of Project DULCE in Palm Beach County. The grant of $100,000, to be distributed over the two-year period, will be used to offset existing CSC funding for this program and support participation in a national collaborative to solidify a sustainable model for national replication.
Project DULCE (Developmental Understanding and Legal Collaboration for Everyone) is an early intervention program that promotes healthy child development and mitigates the impact of toxic stress. The program adds a Family Specialist to local pediatric care teams, who screens families for maternal depression and child development, as well as assesses the family for whether they need concrete supports or civil legal help. In addition, the Family Specialist connects families to other helpful local resources. In Palm Beach County, Project DULCE is funded by Children’s Services Council and administered by Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.
Special Needs Equipment Fund: Staff updated the Council on the fund, which is administered by United Way of Palm Beach County to provide equipment for local families with children who have special needs. The fund – used to purchase durable medical equipment for children birth to 17 years old – provides enhancements to children’s mobility, safety, communication, vision, hearing or other medical necessities. In the last eight years, the Special Needs Equipment Fund has been used to purchase equipment for 357 children totaling more than $840,000.
About Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
The Council is a local, special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014. For more than 30 years, it has provided leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.
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