Q3 2014 Update
Child-Parent Center: Focus on Sustainability
The Midwest CPC Expansion, in collaboration with the city of Chicago, is exploring creative sustainability financing through Social Impact Bonds with local and national philanthropic partners — more details to come. If you want more information on how Social Impact Bonds have been used in the past to support similar efforts, check out Goldman Sachs’ resource page.
Early Learning Challenge: Focus on New Website
As part of the public-private partnership helping support the statewide implementation of Parent Aware, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Care Aware of Minnesota and Parent Aware for School Readiness built and launched a new website, ParentAware.org. The site combines information on the school readiness quality and child care licensing data for more than 12,000 programs statewide in a user-friendly format that allows parents to search by location, schedule, and type of care.
Northside Achievement Zone: Reporting on Results
Our partners at the Northside Achievement Zone recently released their 2013 Annual Report: Families are our Leaders. They doubled the number of families enrolled in NAZ between 2012 and 2013, to nearly 550 families with nearly 1,400 scholars at the end of 2013. (Today they have 681 families!) They are also beginning to see results from working with those families and scholars. NAZ scholars are more likely to be ready for Kindergarten; 59 percent of NAZ scholars are ready for Kindergarten versus 35 percent who are living in the Zone, not engaged with NAZ. In a related finding, NAZ families were significantly more likely to have a child in child care/Preschool than other families in the Zone.
Social Innovation Fund: Additional Federal Funding
Congratulations to our partners at Greater Twin Cities United Way and Generation Next for their Social Innovation Fund project. They just received an additional two years of federal funding to continue their work. The plan is to continue to support the work of the current sub-grantees.