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Family Listening Sessions

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The Children’s Services Council of Leon County (CSC Leon) will host FOUR listening sessions across the county for families to offer direct input on how anticipated community investment funding should be used. On January 26 and 31, and February 1 AND 8, participants will have the opportunity to discuss possible program funding with members of the CSC Leon team and Council regarding “Family Supports”—specifically, what it means to them, and the types of family support services needed in their community and neighborhoods. 

The goal of these sessions is to provide an inclusive setting for open and honest input from those who most need family supportive services. CSC Leon wants to ensure community investments funded by the Council are representative of the families it ultimately seeks to serve.  

“Parents, caregivers and families truly are the experts when it comes to knowing what they need to help them provide for the children and youth in their care,” explains Cecka Rose Green, CSC Leon executive director. “While we have data to help inform and shape funding decisions, it works best with input from the people who will benefit from the programming. These listening sessions are designed to encourage any and every person caring for kiddos in a family setting to let us know what they need and how best the Council can support them.” 

Dates, times and locations are as follows: 

As a way to reduce the barriers to families participating, each session is located on a bus route and food will be served. Additionally, childcare is being offered for those families that need it. While any county resident can attend, those residing in or adjacent to each location are strongly encouraged to participate. Families interested in participating in one of the three sessions can sign up by clicking the preferred date/location above.  

Last June, CSC Leon published its comprehensive needs assessment completed by QQ Research Consultants. During the following months, the Council worked to identify eight priorities for investment over the next three years. Topping the list is high-quality early childhood education, parent engagement, and family support services. In October, CSC Leon published a draft strategic framework identifying potential targets for each of these priorities with suggestions to incorporate “parent engagement” in multiple areas; additionally, the framework proposes to continue funding for summer programs to provide access to no- or low-cost, quality enrichment activities.  

Learn more about CSC Leon by clicking here.