The Children’s Services Council of Brevard wishes to communicate directly with the public about a proposal brought forth January 8th by Commissioner Kristine Isnardi to dissolve the Children’s Services Council of Brevard. The item was brought up at the meeting, without advance notice given to the voting public or even the members of Children's Services Council itself. At their next meeting, January 22nd, the Commissioners will take up this proposal and we believe it is imperative the voting public understand the attempt of local politicians to usurp the authority vested to the people of Brevard County.
Florida Statute, not the County Charter, is the governing authority that outlines the framework for a CSC to operate as an independent body to look out for the health and well-being of our most vulnerable citizens, and grants the decision to approve funding or authorize dissolution of the CSC directly to the voters.
Read The CSC's statement regarding this proposal. (CSC_ProposalResponse)
Read The CSC's Response HERE to Commissioner Kristine Isnardi's interview with Space Coast Daily (CSC response to SCD Isnardi interview)
In July of 2018, Children’s Services Council asked the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners to include a Children’s Referendum on the November 6 general election ballot. We asked that voters have the opportunity to authorize the Children’s Services Council to establish a dedicated funding source for programs and services that support children and families.
The commission heard testimony from the CSC and members of the community at their July 24th meeting. While a motion was made by Commissioner Jim Barfield to place the referendum on the ballot, it died for lack of a second.
The report below documents community needs, suggest proposed investments, describes coordinated services, states expected results, and estimates return on investment. It also introduces the Council leadership, offers a framework for operations, and details the Council’s authority, transparency, and accountability standards mandated by the legislature.
Click here to read the minutes from the Commission Meeting (County Commission Minutes July 24th 2018)
The most critical time in a child’s life occurs before he or she even reaches school. Their brains develop faster than at any other point. Well-established research continues to emphasize the importance of early childhood education as an essential building block of a child’s future success. With an emphasis on kindergarten readiness, the Children’s Services Council of Brevard has established the following priority areas:
- Enhancing and better integrating services for Brevard children - prenatal through age 3
- Increasing access to and improving of quality child care in Brevard
- Providing early delinquency prevention by expanding out-of-school time service initiatives (Elementary/Middle School)
- Building capacity and expanding services to children with physical, intellectual, and/or emotional challenges including mental health
Check out this video on the importance of early childhood education.
The Council is made up of 10 members. Five members are ex-officio: the school superintendent, one local school board member, the district administrator of the local Department of Children and Families, a juvenile court judge and one member of the board of county commissioners. The remaining five members are appointed by the governor.
CSCs benefit communities in a number of ways. CSCs focus on serving all children, not just a particular demographic or economic segment of the population. They bring key players to the same table, theoretically looking at the whole child (in family and community context). Other CSC benefits include: