Children’s Services Council is asking the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners to include a Children’s Referendum on the November 6 general election ballot. We ask 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 report below documents community needs, suggests 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.
The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners will vote on this matter:
Tuesday July 24th
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Melbourne, FL 32940-6602
If you want get involved or learn more visit the Facebook event.
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: