The Jacksonville Children’s Commission (the “Commission”) is accepting proposals on behalf of the Jax Journey Oversight Committee to describe how funds will be used to serve children 13-18 years of age or still in school during out-of-school time by providing a detailed program description which will outline the steps necessary to achieve the program goals. The program plan should be designed around the work-learn-play model and contain at least two of the three components.
The Jacksonville Children’s Commission (Commission) is accepting Responses on behalf of the JAX JOURNEY for Enhanced Summer Camp seats for 2016. Funds will be allocated to summer camp program Contractors for this competitive RFP. The Summer Camp dollars will serve approximately 500 youth. Funds are being allocated to support an enhanced summer camp experiences with a literacy focus around Section 8 HUD apartment complexes in the targeted Jax Journey zip codes: 32202, 32205, 32206, 32208, 32209, 32210, 32211, 32218, 32244, 32254.
The Jacksonville Children’s Commission is providing notice to the community of its intent to submit an application for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program (21st CCLC) Request for Proposal provided by the Florida Department of Education: http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7736/urlt/RFPStatewide.pdf
The application and waiver request(s) will be available for public review on or after March 24, 2016 at the Jacksonville Children’s Commission office, 1095 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32206 during business hours.
Between 2013-June 2014, a strengths and gaps analysis of the School Health and Behavioral Health System for Duval County was conducted by the National Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland, Baltimore. This strategic and collaborative process was initiated by the Jacksonville Systems of Care Initiative, with funding support from the Chartrand Family Foundation. As part of the strengths and gaps analysis, local, diverse, and relevant stakeholders (education, behavioral health, health, research, systems of care, youth and family advocacy organizations, and child serving agencies and organizations) with knowledge and expertise relevant to school health and behavioral health in Duval County were invited to participate in a series of School Health and Behavioral Health Summits. The Summits occurred three times over a six month period in an effort to: 1) Validate strengths, challenges, and gaps, 2) Participate in a formal school health and behavioral health capacity building process, 3) Develop, prioritize, and reach consensus on school health and behavioral health recommendations and action steps, 4) Assist in the development and advancement of a coordinated and systematic district strategy related to school health and behavioral health.
Core recommendations developed through the Summit process were:
Specific action steps to begin addressing each of these recommendations were developed during the Summit process by the participants. Each recommendation content area was adopted by a task force to strategically prioritize and further define and move the suggested actions steps forward.
School Based Behavioral Health/Proof of Concept (SBH/POC) – A key outcome of the School Health and Behavioral Health Summits was the recommendation that United Way, in collaboration with the Jacksonville Children’s Commission as the primary funder of school-based mental and behavioral health services, and with the Duval County Public Schools and the larger Summit leadership group help to guide a Proof of Concept Pilot within a subset of selected DCPS schools. This School Based Behavioral Health/Proof of Concept RFP is intended to facilitate the implementation of the recommendations and action steps related to school health and behavioral health in an effort to understand the real-world application, feasibility, and impact of an improved framework for school health and behavioral health service delivery within Duval County Public Schools.
The full service school movement originated in the early 1900’s, to address holistically the myriad of social issues that impact impoverished and at-risk children and youth through the central coordination of services within the school systems. Formalized in 1974 with the federal Community Schools Act, the first statewide initiative was launched in 1987 with the purpose to integrate a range of services in one central location at, or near, schools. The vision was a “one-stop shop” that removes the barriers that young people face in accessing needed social services. In 1990, the Florida legislature passed the Full-Service School Act calling for an integration of multiple services (health, social services, extended learning programs, etc.) in convenient locations to ensure children and youth received the necessary physical, emotional, and educational supports for optimal learning and to foster a lateral coordination of service delivery to children and families among schools and local agencies.
Full Service Schools of Jacksonville is a collaborative partnership of Duval County Public Schools, Duval County Health Department, Jacksonville Children’s Commission, St. Vincent’s Mobile Health, Lucy Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust and United Way of Northeast Florida to serve the therapeutic, health and social service needs of at-risk students and families in Duval County. This neighborhood-governed funding and service collaboration works to remove non-academic barriers to student learning and to support family success.