Conditions of Children Community Forum – 10/27

Join Supervisor Andrew Do & Orange County Children’s Partnership on Friday, October 27 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Delhi Center in Santa Ana for the Conditions of Children Forum focusing on Immunizations and Childhood Obesity.

All attendees will receive a free copy of the 23rd Annual Report on The Conditions of Children in Orange County.

Register now here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-conditions-of-children-report-community-forum-event-tickets-38307497757.

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Children and Families Commission of Orange County Takes Action to Pay off its Pension Bill

Today, the Children and Families Commission unanimously voted to pay off its unfunded pension liability – more formally referred to as Unfunded Actuarial Accrued Liability (UAAL) – in the defined pension plan administered by the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS).

By taking this action the Commission will save more than $1.2 million immediately in interest, and a minimum reduction of $160,000 to the annual budget in benefit costs.

The one-time payment of nearly $1.8 million for the UAAL will be funded from the Commission’s reserve held for long-term, sustainability commitments. The reserve balance, at more than $13 million, remains well above the required 25 percent of the annual budget that was established to ease the financial impact to programs as tobacco tax revenue declines.

In the era of declining tobacco tax revenue, a smart fiscal management decision like this will help the Commission continue its leadership in responding to and its funding of programs and policy best practices for young children’s health and development.

“It’s very uncommon for agencies to be in a position to accelerate payment for their unfunded pension liabilities, however we have worked tirelessly to remain fiscally sound making prudent long-term financial decisions,” said Sandra Barry, Chair of the Children and Families Commission. “This decision will lead to substantial savings in the long run. I’m extremely proud of the Commission’s approach to fiscal management. This was an opportunity to realize significant savings that can be used for important programs to support children’s health and school readiness.”

Tiffany Alva Joins The Children and Families Commission of Orange County as Early Learning Director

T.AlvaThe Children and Families Commission of Orange County is pleased to announce Tiffany Alva as its new Early Learning Director.

In her role as Early Learning Director, Alva is responsible for the implementation of school readiness, early literacy and math programs. She will also have a special focus on using the Early Development Index (EDI), a validated population-based measure of early childhood development and school readiness, data to foster better outcomes for young children.

Prior to joining the Commission, Tiffany served as the Early Learning Director at THINK Together and has extensive knowledge and expertise in program development and management. She co-chairs the annual Early Learning STEM Conference and serves on leadership committees for both the national and state associations for the education of young children.

Alva holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.

The Children and Families Commission of Orange County is a leader in responding to children’s needs and supporting programs and policy best practices for children’s health and development. The Commission has identified, funded and supported programs with demonstrable positive impacts on children’s health and school readiness. Its strategic partnerships have allowed the Commission to leverage collective resources to better meet the challenges associated with keeping children healthy and ready to learn. The Commission’s work has been and continues to be replicated, as it has become known as a reliable, collaborative and forward-thinking partner in Orange County, statewide and nationally.

About the Children and Families Commission of Orange County
The Children and Families Commission of Orange County oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. More than $13.3 million was allocated to health programs for young children and families in Fiscal Year 2015/16 and children ages 0-5 received more than 2 million services. Funds help pay for early education, pediatric primary and specialty health care, children’s dental, homeless prevention, and child development programs for children from the prenatal stage to age 5 and their families. The Commission’s goal is to ensure all children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school. For more information, please visit www.occhildrenandfamilies.com.

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New ChildrenNow Report Available on Early Childhood Home Visitation in Orange County

ChildrenNow, in partnership with the Commission, produced a new report taking a look at Orange County’s early childhood home visitation and family support services.

The report is available now and highlights the impact of Bridges Maternal Child Health Network’s innovative approach to bridging the gap between limited early intervention capacity and widespread need among family.

Take a look at the full report below or at this link: https://www.childrennow.org/reports-research/early-childhood-home-visiting-orange/.

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HELP ME GROW ORANGE COUNTY WINS INAUGURAL NATIONWIDE INNOVATION CHALLENGE

Santa Ana, Calif. – June 8, 2017Help Me Grow Orange County, a local leader in developmental promotion, early detection and connection to developmental services for young children and their families, took home the top honor at the inaugural 10K Innovation Challenge at the 2017 Help Me Grow National Forum. Help Me Grow Orange County has received funding from the Children and Families Commission of Orange County since 2005.

The Innovation Challenge was created by the Help Me Grow National Center and Connecticut Children’s Advancing Kids Innovation Program to recognize the importance of innovation in promoting children’s healthy development. Help Me Grow Orange County was selected for its innovative and collaborative efforts in partnership with Quality Start OC’s Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) to improve developmental screening rates for children in family childcare settings.

This innovation effectively utilizes collaboration, technology, and the Help Me Grow system infrastructure to improve the screening rate for these children; ensure the results are shared between parents, early care and education providers, and child health care providers; and make certain children identified with developmental problems are referred for services.

Core components of the partnership include combined staffing efforts, linked technology and co-branded collateral materials available in both English and Spanish. The screening questionnaires are automatically scored using an online system and results are automatically imported into the Help Me Grow Orange County database for intake, referrals and care coordination. These results are also shared with families and primary pediatric care providers.

Leveraging QRIS and Help Me Grow resources has allowed Orange County to create a more effective and efficient developmental screening and referral system for children in childcare settings.

“We are elated to have won the 10K Innovation Challenge,” said Rebecca Hernandez, manager of Help Me Grow Orange County. “Our participation allowed us to highlight our partnership with Help Me Grow and Quality Start OC’s Quality Rating & Improvement System. Utilizing integrated technology, this innovation creates a more accessible and efficient process to conduct developmental screening for young children in family childcare and we are certain these children are connected to services because they are easily linked to Help Me Grow.”

Help Me Grow Orange County was selected out of the 28 Help Me Grow affiliates who were invited to submit proposals. As the winner of the challenge, Help Me Grow Orange County received a $10,000 award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support the continued growth and development of their innovation, with a goal of scaling it from a local success story to one impacting children and families across the entire Help Me Grow national network.

“We are proud to see Help Me Grow Orange County take home the top honors at the 10K Innovation Challenge,” said Sandra Barry, Commission Chair, Children and Families Commission of Orange County. “The national competition gave us an opportunity to show the innovative and impactful work being done here in Orange County and to serve as the model for replication across the country.”

For more than 16 years, the Children and Families Commission of Orange County has been a leader in responding to children’s needs and supporting programs with demonstrable positive impacts on pediatric health and early learning opportunities. For many years, one of the Commission’s main investments in pediatric health services has been towards supporting young children’s development and the importance of early developmental screenings through Help Me Grow Orange County, and other partners.

Parents, caregivers, and providers can call Help Me Grow Orange County at 866-GROW-025 (866-476-9025) or visit www.helpmegrowoc.org to get help in navigating the developmental services system in Orange County.

 

About the Children and Families Commission of Orange County
The Children and Families Commission of Orange County oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. More than $24 million was allocated in FY 2015/16 to fund programs where more than 2 million services were provided to children ages 0-5. Funds help pay for early education, pediatric primary and specialty health care, children’s dental, homeless prevention, and child development programs for children from the prenatal stage to age 5 and their families. The Commission’s vision is that all children are healthy and ready to learn. For more information, please visit www.occhildrenandfamilies.com.