The System of Care Model
Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, an independent district established by voters in 1986, provides leadership, funding and research on behalf of children so they are born healthy, growing up safe, and ready to learn when they enter school.
To achieve these goals, the Council applies a system-of-care model that offers prevention and early intervention services to children and families. Research has shown that children given the fundamental tools for success early in life are more likely to avoid risky behavior, graduate high school and go on to lead productive lives. This, in turn, benefits our whole community.
This strategy supports partnerships between organizations and residents of targeted communities. These connections help organizations and residents align their work, learn together and implement creative approaches to address and improve common social conditions that affect their communities. Children’s Services Council believes a geographic focus and a holistic approach can improve the health, safety and well-being of pregnant women, young children and their families. The Place-Based Strategy connects the child, the family, the neighborhood, community agencies and health and human service organizations in such a way that everyone benefits from positive child outcomes.
Individual Child & Family Services
This strategy provides direct services to pregnant women, infants and young children – and their families – so children are born healthy, growing up safe and ready to learn when they enter school. For consistency sake, individuals and families enter this integrated system of care through one of two entry agencies, which assess their specific needs to ensure they are referred to the most appropriate prevention and early intervention services. Services include, but are not limited to: access to affordable health care; home visiting; child development education; literacy; counseling; family support and stability.
How the Model Works
In 2010 Children's Services Council helped more than 200,000 families through more than 80 programs. These programs, for the most part, are funded by the Council but administered by more than 40 other nonprofit and government agencies.
To ensure the best possible results for Palm Beach County children and families, programs funded through the Council have clearly defined goals and outcomes, and are monitored for quality and performance.