Thanks to all who were able to join the SX6 Coalition Quarterly Stakeholder meeting last week. Here’s a recap with links to information and resources!
Census 2020 – Help Ensure a Complete Count!
Maria Campos and Billy Horton, both Partnership Specialists with the U.S. Census Bureau, provided an overview of the Census 2020. Millions of dollars in federal aid to Texas depend on the accuracy of the Census, including significant support for families and young children through health care, housing, transportation, food, and more. Fifty-five federal programs are impacted by the Census. An estimated 5% of children birth to five weren’t counted in the 2010 census – about 1 million children – the highest of any age group! In Central Texas alone, a 1% undercount of the population could translate to $25 million in lost revenue to the state. Review the presentation and hand-outs here.
Thanks to generous support from local foundations, United Way for Greater Austin is acting as the regional, multi-county coordinating body for the Central Texas Census 2020 Get-Out-The-Count efforts. In this regional coordinating role, United Way for Greater will be collaborating with the Complete Count Committees as well as grassroots nonprofit organizations, funders, and other relevant entities in five Central Texas counties to ensure as complete count in the 2020 Census as possible.
United Way ATX is ramping up their coordinating efforts over the next weeks and months, updates on how we make sure everyone counts in 2020, what you can do to help, and Census resources are available here.
Census 2020 RFP
United Way ATX, in collaboration with multiple regional funders, seeks to award up to 30 one-time project grants of $5,000 to $20,000 each to qualified community organizations and Complete Count Committees to conduct get-out-the-count efforts for the 2020 Census targeting hard-to-count communities in five Central Texas counties (Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson). In total, United Way ATX will award a minimum of $355,000 for this work.
To learn more about this RFP visit www.unitedwayaustin.org/census2020
African American Youth Harvest Foundation Survey
The African American Youth Harvest Foundation is exploring how to improve K-readiness rates for African American boys. Stakeholders are encouraged to assist with their planning process by sharing this survey with parents and caretakers of children ages 0-5.
The SX6 Communications Workgroup is seeking to add new members
The working group is seeking new members with communications experience to work toward the strategic plan goal of building public awareness of the importance of the first five years, brain development, and supporting parents/caregivers in their caregiver role. Contact Ben Kramer (email@example.com).
The group is beginning to schedule focus groups with parents entering school systems for the first time with the questions, "What did you wish you knew before?", "What helped you prepare for life as a parent with a child in the school system?", and "What advice do you have for those coming up next?"
2020 Meeting Dates:
- January 23
- April 23
- June 23
Important Updates from Coalition Organizations
Any Baby Can: The Parents As Teachers program has a waiting list of 1-2 months. Adopt a family program is posted on ABC website.
AISD Parent Support Specialists: AISD has brought in department of cultural proficiency and inclusiveness to work with PSS’s and provide training to work with diverse families
AISD: Has hired Marisol Fray in Parent Engagement Office- She is in charge of resources, workshops, informing Spanish speaking families to know about services and how to navigate the system. Contact: Marisol.Fray@austinisd.org.
Avance: Celebrating a new grant from St David’s Foundation! Avance will have 2nd site!! Going to Pflugerville and will be hiring all new staff in future
Bookspring: Is looking for volunteers and/or groups of volunteers for delivery and distribution as well as anyone willing to host bookdrive.
Family Connects: Happy First Birthday to Family Connects in October!
Open Door Preschools: Is hiring Family Support Staff person up to 30 hours working on 2 eastside locations. Email Cynthia@opendoorpreschool.org for more information on job opening. A 4th Open Door location will be opening in up north Austin in partnership with Foundation Communities
Open Door Central: Congratulations to teacher Terri Williams who published a book: Terri Williams: Jarmarcus’s Preschool Day
Todos Juntos: There will be a School Choice Fair in April. They are still looking for a space: 6,500 square feet minimum is what they need. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Strong Start/SAFE Alliance: They received grant for another 5 years from HOPES. Strong Start has launched a new partnership with Child inc and Thinkery providing parent groups. They also have a new program with the Jeremiah Program. Another grant (HIP) is going to provide a program for specialized population parent education: foster teens who are parents.
WIC: WIC is launching mobile vans. Point of contact is Krissi.email@example.com
YMCA: YMCA has entered a merger with Extend-A-Care Austin. They will be in almost every school. Positions open with early learning program on website. https://www.austinymca.org