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SISTERS OF CHARITY FOUNDATION of Canton. A Local Foundation Approach. Aligning Our Efforts with a P-16 Strategy. Who We Are Our Focus: To serve the needs of the poor and underserved by. – Understanding the root causes of poverty – Building healthy communities

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A Local Foundation Approach

Aligning Our Efforts with a P-16 Strategy


Who We Are

Our Focus: To serve the needs of the poor and underserved by

– Understanding the root causes of poverty

– Building healthy communities

– Emphasizing youth and families

– Measuring the outcomes of our work

  • Our Directive: Strategic as well as responsive grant-making

  • Our Mission Statement



Our Strategic Response: Context

Quality Child Care Initiative (QCCI) Focusing on the Start of the P-16 Continuum


Why Early Education and Care? Context

Quality Child Care Initiative (QCCI)

  • – Alignment with focus and mission of both our foundation and P-16

  • – Community key informant interviews and focus groups

  • – Brain development research

– National research


Accreditation Context

Support Services

Professional Development

Public Awareness & Public Policy

Components of QCCI

Commitment

  • Over $5,000,000 from fall of 1998 - end of 2003

  • Staff


Accreditation Context

Accomplishments

– 38 sites accredited by NAEYC

– 53 of 56 maintained progress toward accreditation

– Correlated to lower staff turnover

– Improvement in classroom environment at 5 urban centers

– Positive change in staff of QCCI-supported programs vs. non-QCCI programs


Support Services Context

Accomplishments

– Behavior and Parenting Resource Center

– Curriculum Development

– Family Child Care

  • Professional Development

– Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC)

– Scholarships

– Family Child Care


Public Awareness & Public Policy Context

Accomplishments

– Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

– Numerous state-level initiatives and decision- making processes

  • Leveraged Funding

– PRC funds

– Alignment of SCDJFS “quality funds” with QCCI and SPARK

– Funding from other local foundations for T.E.A.C.H. and other early education and care issues

– SPARK


Kellogg SPARK Initiative Context($4.1 million over 5 years)

Accomplishments

– Stark County one of eight national sites

– Component of SPARK

  • Assessment

  • Learning Advocates

  • Parent Involvement

  • Transitions

  • Public Awareness/Policy


Future Challenges Context

  • Salary levels remain low

  • Parent involvement better but still needs improvement

  • Serious upper-management problems at large urban centers

  • Growing needs of family child care providers

  • More formal public awareness

Connection of Bethlehem Project for Oral Health


Importance of including early education and care Context

Importance of transitions

Community Collaboration

Systems Change

Why We Support P-16?


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