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Institute for Child Success

Grantee Information

 

Federal Award: $782,412 over 2 years
Focus Area: Youth Development
Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Target Beneficiaries: Low-income youth
Collaborating Partners: Nonprofit Finance Fund
Funding Partners: Pritzker Children’s Initiative (a national project of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation), United Way of Greenville County, Greenville Health System, ReadyNation

The Institute for Child Success (ICS) provides TA to help jurisdictions use PFS financing to improve outcomes for children and families. In 2014, ICS organized the first national conference on PFS for early childhood with the business leader organization ReadyNation. In 2016, ICS, ReadyNation, and the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah will host the third annual Conference of the Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors in San Diego, where participants were chosen through an open competition. ICS will provide technical assistance to approximately 12 teams over 3 years with the goal of increasing funding for early childhood programs with demonstrated outcomes for children and families.
 
Technical assistance for each jurisdiction will last 9 to 12 months. ICS uses an innovative coaching model, where jurisdictions commit specified staff to the project and are guided through the process of assessing the feasibility of PFS for funding early childhood outcomes. In partnership with the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), ICS is also building the capacity of early childhood service providers
 


Entities Receiving Social Innovation Fund Awards from Institute for Child Success, Inc.

Children and Families Commission of Orange County
City of Evansville (Office of the Mayor)
City of Spartanburg, SC
City of Tempe Human Services Administration
Sonoma County, CA
State of Connecticut
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
Washington State Department of Early Learning and Thrive Washington


Children and Families Commission of Orange County

The Institute for Child Success will work with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County to assess whether the County’s Neighborhood Resource Network (NRN) program could use Pay for Success financing to significantly reduce abuse and neglect by providing evidence-based family supports.  The service providers involved in the NRN program include Child Behavior Pathways, Child Guidance Center, Children’s Bureau, Help Me Grow Orange County, Human Options, Olive Crest, Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center, and Western Youth Services.  Children’s Home Society of California will act as the hub that connects all service providers. Through evidence-based interventions such as Triple-P and Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Orange County’s NRN aims to reduce child abuse, and neglect.  The target population for this intervention is families with children ages 0-5 who have an initial Child Abuse Registry Report (CAR), or may be at-risk for one, but do not qualify for assistance from the Department of Social Services.

ICS will provide 9-12 months of technical assistance to determine whether PFS financing is a feasible way to improve child outcomes.  ICS uses an innovative coaching model, where jurisdictions commit specified staff to the project and are guided through the process of assessing the feasibility of PFS for funding early childhood outcomes.

 
City of Evansville (Office of the Mayor)
 
The Institute for Child Success will work with the City of Evansville, Indiana to assess whether Pay for Success (PFS) financing model could expand access to high quality preschool to the city’s two and three-year olds from low-income families.  Approximately 2,000 could benefit from high-quality preschool, but are not enrolled.  This project will focus on measuring and achieving increased kindergarten readiness.  Evansville has displayed strong community investment and local business interest in the proposed PFS initiative, with the inclusion of project partners such as the SW Indiana Business Roundtable on Early Childhood Development.

ICS will provide 9-12 months of technical assistance to determine whether PFS financing is a feasible way to improve child outcomes.


City of Spartanburg, SC

ICS will work with the city of Spartanburg to assess the feasibility of using Pay for Success (PFS) Financing to increase access to high quality early care and education for children from birth to age five in low-income communities.  Programs such as Early Head Start and Head Start have historically paved the way in this area. In 2014, only 10% of Spartanburg’s children living in poverty were enrolled in these programs.  The goal is to increase the number of children who are ready for kindergarten, increase the levels of reading and math proficiency, and also increase high school and post-secondary graduation rates, while (as a result) reducing expenses paid on remediation, including special education services. 

Outcomes to be measured in partnership with the Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM) include school readiness, proficiency in third grade reading, third grade math, eighth grade language arts, eighth grade math, and the rates of high school and post-secondary completion.


City of Tempe Human Services Administration

The city of Tempe, Arizona is focused on implementing a comprehensive universal preschool program, working with Childsplay and the Tempe Elementary School District.  To provide social supports to families in need, Tempe is also considering home visiting programs (Parents as Teachers and Healthy Families America), and other programs.  The target population for this intervention is city residents with children ages 0-5 who are living in poverty.  Through this intervention Tempe aims to measure and achieve the following outcomes: increased school readiness indicator scores (DIBELS Next), increased reading scores, increased math scores, reduced need for special education services, increased earnings for parents, increased mental health supports for parents and children, increased family stability.

ICS will provide 9-12 months of technical assistance to determine whether Pay for Success financing is a feasible way to improve child outcomes.  ICS uses an innovative coaching model, where jurisdictions commit specified staff to the project and are guided through the process of assessing the feasibility of PFS for funding early childhood outcomes.


Sonoma County, CA

ICS will work with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services to focus on improving the County’s community health and educational attainment outcomes.  Through Universal Pre-K (UPK), the initiative hopes to expand access to high quality preschool (for a largely rural population) towards the end of reducing grade retention, absenteeism, and the need for special education.  By expanding Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) programs, this initiative will explore outcomes such as reductions in child abuse and neglect, reductions in child arrests, and reductions in behavioral and intellectual problems at age 6. 

This program is innovative because it builds on several cross-sector efforts and because it serves a rural community. The Health Action Council – comprised of key government, private sector, and non-profit leaders in Sonoma County – has been working with Sonoma County Upstream Investments to build the community’s capacity to invest in prevention-focused, evidence-based solutions that eliminate disparities in health, education, and self-sufficiency. 


State of Connecticut

Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood seeks to expand implementation the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) across the entire state.  To this end, the PFS grant will fund a feasibility study to determine if a large scale implementation of Triple P is likely to prevent problems in early childhood such as maltreatment, and enhance the well-being of children.  The full expansion of Triple-P (via a social impact bond and other funding vehicles) will result if the aforementioned feasibility study indicates that the cost savings and benefits to children in Connecticut would be significant. With successful implementation in 13 countries to date, evaluations have shown reduced rates of child abuse and neglect, out-of-home placements, children using the ER, conduct problems among preschoolers, and children with attention problems. The focus on Triple P is innovative because it is one of few, and perhaps the only, program that has shown population-level impacts through rigorous evaluation.

ICS will work with the State of Connecticut to complete a PFS feasibility study that will include 1) an account of the experience with Triple P in Connecticut, 2) a cost-benefit analysis of state-wide implementation, 3) a determination of benefits and savings from Triple P, 4) a plan for and cost-out of Triple P scale-up, 5) another plan for the program’s administration and implementation, 6) a listing of potential outcomes that may trigger payments, and ways to measure each outcome and, finally, 7) a summary analysis and proposal for implementation.


Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

The Institute for Child Success will work with the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) to assess the feasibility of using a Pay for Success model for three pre-natal, infant, and early childhood home visiting programs – Nurse-Family Partnership, Health Families America, and Parents as Teachers.  Through one or more of these home visiting programs, Tennessee hopes to achieve improved maternal and newborn health, increased school readiness, a decrease in domestic violence, and a decrease in child abuse and neglect.  The target population for the intervention is families living in poverty with children ages 0-5 in mostly rural areas, and also metropolitan counties such as Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, and Shelby.

ICS will provide 9-12 months of technical assistance to determine whether PFS financing is a feasible way to improve child outcomes.  ICS uses an innovative coaching model, where jurisdictions commit specified staff to the project and are guided through the process of assessing the feasibility of PFS for funding early childhood outcomes. 

 


Washington State Department of Early Learning and Thrive Washington

Olympia, WA 

The Institute for Child Success and Third Sector Capital Partners will collaborate to provide a joint cohort-based model of technical assistance for Washington State’s Department of Early Learning (DEL) and Thrive Washington.  The DEL seeks to expand programs that enhance child development and well-being, reduce child abuse and neglect, and promote school readiness.  To that end, the Department sought out Pay for Success (PFS) technical assistance to conduct a feasibility study focused on scaling Home Visiting programs across the state such that a higher number of at-risk families could be served.  The study will assess which outcomes could potentially generate the most cost savings, where the savings is most likely to be realized, the cost of scaling, the landscape of potential philanthropic and private sector investment, legislative and advocacy support, and how best to develop a blueprint for the next steps in implementation, among other things.

Through the partnership, Third Sector will create a PFS Contract Implementation Plan, an Evaluability Assessment, a high-level Integrated Economic Model, a cost-benefit analysis and budget, and Funder Interest Groups. Third Sector will also lead the identification of procurement options, will obtain, finalize, and analyze any relevant data linkages across government administrative data systems, and will propose relevant target population size and outcome metrics.  ICS will identify viable service providers for the proposed PFS project, and also lead development and sharing of lessons learned with the national early childhood community. ICS will also help the service provider understand its capacity and organizational needs in order to scale up for a PFS project and will help the provider understand its cost structure and drivers.

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