Opportunity Neighborhoods


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Opportunity Neighborhoods Presentation to the Board of Supervisors and School Board

Feb. 2012

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  • Results-drivenFocus on improving outcomes for all children in a neighborhoodUse data to understand community conditions, measure success and be accountable for resultsCreate a real time, data driven decision making process that ensures resources are most effectively used to meet the needs in the targeted areaPlace-basedFocus resources in targeted areasMaximize impact by coordinating effortsStreamline redundant and disconnected programsCustomize pipelines of services and supports based on unique strengths and needs of neighborhoodsSeamless continuumEffective services and opportunities for families so together, we support children and youth from cradle through college to careerShared ownershipInclusive planning processImprove outcomes shared by leaders and members of communityIncrease capacity of organizations focused on achieving results and building a higher-education-bound culture in neighborhoodsIntegrate programs and break down agency silosReplicateSupport efforts to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions
  • Opportunity Neighborhoods

    1. 1. What is an Opportunity Neighborhood? All children growing up in anOpportunity Neighborhood have accessto effective schools and strong systems of family and community support thatwill prepare them to attain an excellent education and be successful in college and career.
    2. 2. An Opportunity NeighborhoodWraps its Children inHigh QualityandCoordinatedSupportFocused onImprovingEducationalandDevelopmentalOutcomes
    3. 3. An Opportunity Neighborhood providesa Seamless Continuum of Services for its childrenfrom Cradle to College to Career Career College High Middle School Elementary School Early School Childhood Schools
    4. 4. Opportunity Neighborhoods Model A need for Solutions that incorporate Positive Outcomes solutions for Aligned We Can Achieve children and Community, Schools and families: County Students meet Infrastructure and outcomes atAre ALL childrenready for School? Leadership Effective Community Services developmental stages and are ultimately (Nonprofits, Faith-based) prepared for collegeAre ALL children and careersand youth healthy? High-Performing Schools and Academic Programs Engaged communitiesAre ALL youth that support thegraduating from healthy developmenthigh school? Strong Family Supports and well-being of children and familiesAre ALL youthprepared forcollege?
    5. 5. Key Principles ofOpportunity Neighborhoods: Mount Vernon
    6. 6. How Opportunity Neighborhoods Can Work in Mount Vernon A broad-based alliance of public and private stakeholders… Solutions that a …sharing incorporate Aligned Positive Outcomes Community, Schools and County commitment We Can Achieve• Youth, Parents and Families …and working Infrastructure and Leadership to the same results…• Together We’re the Answer Community Collaborative and together to: • ALL children are prepared for the Mount Vernon Task Force school entry• Nonprofit and Faith Based • ALL children and youth succeed Organizations • Serve an entire neighborhood in school• Capital One and the Business • Create pipelines of supports • ALL youth graduate from high Sector and services school and succeed in post-• George Mason University- • Build community secondary/career Center for Social Science • Use data to drive decisions, • Families and neighborhoods Research policy, and funding support the healthy• Fairfax County Public Schools- • Cultivate a culture of development, academic Mount Vernon HS, Whitman engagement, involvement and success, and well being of their MS, Mount Vernon Woods success children ES, Riverside ES, Woodlawn ES• Fairfax County Government• Center for the Study of Social Policy
    7. 7. Building a Broad-Based Alliance of Public and Private Stakeholders WHERE DO YOU FIT IN?Schools Community County Government Parents Families Youth Non-Profits ResidentsFaith-based Organizations Neighborhood Business Sector Associations
    8. 8. Opportunity Neighborhoods: A New Perspective RESULT: Families and RESULT: All youth neighborhoods support RESULT: All children RESULT: All children graduate from high the healthyare prepared for school and youth succeed in school and succeed in development, academic entry school post-secondary/career success and well-being of their children Indicators to Indicators to Indicators to Indicators to track success track success track success track success Informed by data and supported by a broad-based community collaborative Commitment Commitment Commitment Commitment to Strategies to Strategies to Strategies to Strategies that work that work that work that work
    9. 9. Opportunity Neighborhoods Policy Implications• Strengthen collaboration between county, FCPS, and community and establish MOAs to advance the work• Create mechanisms for sharing and tracking longitudinal data• Assist staff, partners and families to develop the commitment, processes and skills to meet the needs of children and families• Help find resources to replicate countywide those services and processes that work• Approve reallocation and realignment of resources for maximum impact• Support plans to access new funding sources and create flexible funding processes• Commit to reinvestment of funds saved by efficiencies
    10. 10. What Opportunity What OpportunityNeighborhoods is….. Neighborhoods isn’t….• It is a framework……. • …... not a program or an initiative• It builds on the successes and lessons learned from • …… it’s not necessarily current/prior efforts…… “something new”• It helps us to figure out how we all share a piece • ……it’s not focused on an of the puzzle…….. individual organization• It is ultimately about • …….it’s not just a “county” meaningful community or “FCPS” initiative engagement……..
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