Family Coordination helps parents support their children's learning and creates a linkage between preschool and home. This is a new program, starting in FY2016. In partnership with the United Way Early Education Task Force, Family Coordination supported 20 preschool-age kids and their families on the wait-list for public preschool that were placed in a private preschool setting. The program also provided a second year of support and programming for the 15 children originally placed in FY16. In FY18, the cost per beneficiary was $244.
Formerly Child Care Quality, Growing Minds improves the quality of early child-care and preschool settings by offering coaching, training and support to early childhood teachers and directors. Growing Minds steadily increased coaching capacity for early childhood educators and directors, while sustaining training and technical assistance opportunities. This strategy allows for more long-term impact on children. In addition, the program provided more professional development opportunities for early childhood educators including the new Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. In FY18, the cost per beneficiary was $390.
Play Partners teaches preschool-age kid literacy skills, active listening and focus through play and storytelling together. In FY18, the cost per beneficiary was $626.
ReadySteps encourages parents as a child's first and best teacher through early learning playgroups within their home community. ReadySteps is in the second year of a three-year private expansion grant. The grant allowed the program to expand early learning playgroups to new neighborhoods; increase the frequency of existing groups; and add structured family coordination. While Family Coordination participants increased in FY18, ReadySteps also counted both adults and kids receiving Family Coordination, whereas in FY17 ReadySteps only counted adults. Also in FY18, ReadySteps piloted providing playgroups in public school setting. The pilot was successful and ReadySteps will provide playgroups in two Albemarle County Public Schools in FY19. In FY18, the cost per beneficiary was $670, down from $847 the year before.
STAR Kids teaches preschool-age kids to develop better self regulation and problem solving abilities to make healthy choices and avoid risky behaviors. In FY18, the cost per participant was $338.
Healthy Families fosters nurturing family relationships for pregnant moms and safe environments for young children. Health Families is in the second year of a multi-year state expansion grant that increased capacity to reach more families, including the growing refugee population in our community. We were also able to further expand mental health counseling in FY18 via a partnership with Jefferson Area CHiP and new supplemental private funding. In FY18, the cost per beneficiary was $1,634, down from $1,822 the previous year.
|Home Visiting (mothers)||74||52||31|
|Home Visiting (children)||100||87||57|
Formerly known as VOCA, Inside Out Counseling provides counseling to help kids and families who have experienced trauma begin the healing process. Inside Out received new private funding after the events of August 2017 to add a new full-time counselor to the team. Inside Out is in the second year of a multi-year state expansion grant that allowed the program to hire a new bi-lingual counselor as well as two new counselors to specialize in children ages 0-5. Despite expansion, the program continues to have a 50+ wait list. In FY18, the cost per beneficiary was $1,220.
|Counseling (primary victims)||309||223||162|
REAL Dads coaches fathers to have Responsible, Empowered, Available and Loving relationships with their kids. REAL Dads served less children because one of the jail-based classes had to be rescheduled due to heightened security protocols. This issue has been resolved. Currently, the REAL Dads class at the jail has 19 fathers on the wait list. In FY18, the cost per beneficiary was $1,183.
Teen Counseling Program
The Teen Counseling Program provides individual and family counseling to foster positive, nurturing family relationships and to ensure that teens are safe and healthy. TCP saw an increase in the intensity and complexity of at-risk behaviors by teens in the program. As a result, teens received counseling for longer periods. In FY18, the cost per beneficiary was $512.
|Crisis Hotline (calls)||180||161||187|
|Counseling (teens & guardians)||203||225||261|
|TCP Shelter (teens)||1||4||9|