About this Study

Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) is completing its latest community inquiry, Children 1-2-3: Early Learning for Future Success. This community engagement process has been examining the question, "How can Jacksonville best foster early learning success for children from birth to age 3 in our community?" Over the course of the process (October 2011 through April 2012), the meeting schedule, meeting summaries, key handouts and relevant articles have all been posted here. To find out more, please email tonia@jcci.org.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Free Webcast on Brain Research and Babies

Blankfoundation.org/brain

Feb 28 @ 6pm

Led by Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Dir of Harvard's Ctr on the Developing Child Executive Director Child Development Education Alliance www.cdealliance.org

904.573.8831 office

678.778.1728 mobile

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Children's Trust - Reauthorization Case Study





This report and the children's programs that serve as its centerpiece would not be possible without the support and leadership of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which has forged a path for children's advocates in Miami-Dade County, the state of Florida and beyond. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and its partners in Florida - The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, the University of Floridas Lastinger Center for Learning, Miami-Dade Public Schools, The Children's Trust, the Early Learning Coalition and United Ways Center for Excellence in Early Education have worked collaboratively to improve the well-being and learning of children through the SPARK Initiative (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) and Ready Schools Miami, the Early Childhood Learning Labs Initiative. Go directly to You Tube to view the video

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth through Collective Impact

National League of Cities Webinar: Wednesday, February 15, 2:30-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Join Jeff Kutash and Emily Gorin of FSG, the nonprofit strategy consulting and research firm, to explore how municipal leaders, staff, and partners can utilize the compelling Collective Impact framework for children and youth initiatives. FSG proposes Collective Impact as a way for a group of cross-sectoral actors to maximize their results by better coordinating and aligning their efforts to address a complex social problem. Many cities are already using the Collective Impact framework to guide initiatives to improve the success of children and youth from birth through their entry into the workforce. Representatives of cities that have led or sparked cross-sector Collective Impact efforts will join Kutash and Gorin to provide on-the-ground examples, including: Douglas Scarboro, Executive Director, Office of Talent and Human Capital and Education Liaison to the Mayor, City of Memphis, Tenn and a representative from the City of Seattle, Washington.

FSG will introduce its approach to Collective Impact that includes how to: identify needs, community strengths, and opportunities to drive change; develop a common vision and agenda across a range of stakeholders; determine shared goals and indicators; create coherent multi-agency strategies; establish ongoing learning and communication loops; and ensure that the appropriate infrastructure and capacity comes together to sustain the effort in the long term.

Learn about implementation challenges and opportunities regarding shared agenda and measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and the role of the “backbone” organization or agency.

Click here FSG Collective Impact and here United We Serve for more information on Collective Impact prior to the webinar,

"Collective Impact is a structured process that allows many diverse stakeholders to share outcomes data and to use common measurements of success while organizations continue to operate autonomously and donors make independent funding decisions-- yet all agree to pursue a common goal and to measure progress accordingly. They receive support in doing so from a backbone organization that facilitates continuous planning and communication among the various players involved.” John Kania, FSG

To register visit NLC onlineclick here

Questions? Please contact Michael Karpman at (202) 626-3072 or karpman@nlc.org or Tim Mudd at (202) 626-3074 or mudd@nlc.org