Children and Families Commission Sunsets
staff and projects realigned with Deschutes County Health Services
Due to changes in state funding priorities, the Children and Families Commission (CFC) system was discontinued statewide on July 1, 2013. The proposed changes call for the development of centralized early learning service “hubs” to reduce duplication, save money, and better serve young children and their families. A key goal of the early learning “hubs” will be to align and coordinate services to improve outcomes for young children. In our region, this will be done in partnership with Crook and Jefferson counties.
In the meantime, Deschutes County remains committed to ensuring quality services are delivered in a cost-effective manner. To that end, the Commission’s remaining staff and resources have been reorganized under the County Health Services department. The remaining staff will work to develop a centralized early learning hub in Central Oregon and will continue their substance abuse, suicide and problem gambling prevention work. Funding for most of the services previously supported through the Commission, such as MountainStar Family Relief Nursery, Healthy Families, the Family Access Network, Mary’s Place, Healthy Beginnings, and the Family Resource Center’s parenting education programs, will all continue to receive funding through the County until at least June 30, 2014.
In late August of 2013, the Oregon Early Learning Council will release a statewide Request for Applications to become a certified Early Learning Hub Demonstration Project. The Council will award no more than seven hubs in round one (2013), and will use a second application round (2014) to award no more than 16 total hubs to coordinate services to young children statewide. Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties are in the process of preparing to apply for certification in the first round (2013). The anticipated due date for the application is October 2, 2013.
For more information, please contact Deschutes County Health Services Early Learning Development Manager Hillary Saraceno at (541) 317-3178 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.