Thanks to everyone who attended the SX6 Stakeholder Meeting on July 18th! Below are notes from each station from the meeting.
NOTE: Coalition Organizational Agreement: With the launch of the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan and landing page, we would like to post a comprehensive list of organizations that are part of the Austin/Travis County Success By 6 Coalition. Leaders of ATX organizations that share a mutual commitment to supporting the optimal development of Travis County children through strategic collaboration on the 2019-2023 Success By 6 Coalition Strategic Plan are asked to sign and return this agreement by Sept 1 to be listed. Return to SuccessBy6@uwatx.org:
New in ATX: Family Independence Initiative:
Ivanna Neri, Austin Director, introduced one of the new organizations working in the ATX community. The Family Independence Initiative (FII) trusts and invests directly in low-income families across the nation so they can work individually and collectively to achieve prosperity by providing families with a technology platform to strengthen existing and create new social networks, access financial capital and incentives, set goals and monitor progress, and support one another in achieving mobility.
2019 Legislative Session Debrief:
Texans Care for Children’s David Feigen led a recap of the recent legislative session highlighting successes around Pre-K and child care safety but noting that there is still much work to do for children and families in the state. There was little to no progress on CPS reform, maternal morbidity & health care, and the high uninsured rate of children in Texas. Read more information at the following: Texans Care for Children - Recap Report on Key Kids’ Issues of the 2019 TX Lege Session.
Success By 6 Communications - How Are We Communicating with Our Community:
Historically our Coalition has been good communication w/ elected officials, funders, and across the coalition, but now it’s important to assess how we are connecting directly the community we work with. Ben Kramer (KLRU) led an interactive exercise exploring: How are we communicating with families? What are the best ways to reach today's parents? What is the threshold for sending messages? This work will help guide our coalition to a goal for “Lassoing our communication!” with more streamlined, cohesive and coordinated messages. Interested in joining the Communications workgroup? Contact Ben at BKramer@klru.org
Upcoming Events & Coalition Announcements:
Sign up for Mental Health First Aid training (Adult) MHFA is a national program to teach the skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use. The training is for SX6 Coalition members at no cost. Each organization may sign up multiple participants. Once the first 30 slots are filled, there will be a wait list. The training will be held at United Way for Greater Austin (2000 E MLK Jr. Blvd) on Thursday, August 22, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Participants must attend for the entire day. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
MIOP: MIOP is hosting our first ‘Healthy Mom’s & Healthy Babies’ symposium on August 29, 4:00-7:30 p.m., in celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week. We hope that someone from your organization is available to provide information about the services you all offer. If you’re interested, please register noon on August 15. Register online now or download the flyer to learn more about MIOP. (August is breastfeeding month), last week of August is for black mammas.
More events and info in the notes attached below!
SX6 Strategic Plan Updates:
As you know, the Strategic Plan has multiple strategies to help achieve our goal is to ensure – at the end of each child’s first 2,000-day journey – that they are happy, healthy, and ready to succeed in school and in life. Each strategy has multiple action steps to break the work down into achievable bite-size items that will sustain the momentum. The SX6 Leadership Team is enacting a new accountability tool to assess the progress of the action steps each quarter.
The majority of the action steps are on track, but a handful are off-track for various reasons (timing is off, opportunities have changed, funding shifts, etc.). Some of our community’s big wins include: · Full day Pre-K for 4 year olds state wide - Early Matters Greater Austin leaders were among the business leaders who spoke up in favor of this bill · Pre-K Partnerships approved by AISD · Family Friendly workplace resolution at City · Manana Funding for early childhood (also known as mistake at the lake) · 2100 sign-ups for BBT – on track to reach goal of 3500 by 12/31/19 · Family Connects team working with consultant for sustainability work · Increased funding toward goal of 20 books in each home
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