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Q: What is Community Collaboration for Children’s Success?

A: The Community Collaboration for Children’s Success (CCCS) initiative aims to produce better outcomes for children in San Mateo County by identifying barriers to success and interventions in high-need neighborhoods.

The planning process works with youth and families who live in selected neighborhoods to understand barriers to and opportunities for children’s success in San Mateo County. Strategies and interventions will address opportunities and issues prioritized by community members and neighborhood residents. Through the process, community members will create community plans prioritizing strategies to support youth success. CCCS will continue after the planning process concludes, supporting the implementation of the neighborhood plans developed through the planning process.  

Q: What is the origin of this initiative?

A: County leaders realized that a large portion of youth clients in high-intensity programs such as Juvenile Probation, Child Welfare and Behavioral Health and Recovery programs were coming from a few neighborhoods in the County. The leaders recognized that a place-based effort was needed to understand the particular needs and challenges in the communities where youth and families lived. The planning process works directly with youth and the caregivers of young children to identify challenges and to craft solutions that will better support children and youth in these neighborhoods and throughout the County. The project’s long-term goals are to achieve better outcomes for children and support youth success.

Q: Where and when will the planning process take place?

A: The planning process will take place in North Fair Oaks/Redwood City and South San Francisco between April and December of 2018. The planning process will take place in East Palo Alto and Daly City between September 2018 and May 2019. Community plans will be finalized in June of 2019.

Q: What are the deliverables or products of the planning process?

A: At the end of the planning process, each of the four focus neighborhoods will have a 4-5-year plan to support children’s success. Each plan will include:

  • an asset map for the neighborhood;
  • a summary of the community’s needs and strengths;
  • a list of barriers to children’s success identified through the data collection;
  • prioritized community goals and outcomes;
  • community-supported strategies/interventions that will help achieve the prioritized outcomes; and
  • indicators to track progress towards outcomes.

Additionally, the planning consultants will present a summary report to the County Board of Supervisors that identifies barriers to children’s success.

Q: What commitment has San Mateo County made to implement and resource the community plans?

A: The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors indicated interest in providing implementation funding for initiatives that arise through the planning process at $2.5M of Measure K funds per year for fiscal years 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.

Q: What is Trauma-Informed Planning and why is it important?

A: The concept of collective trauma acknowledges that trauma can occur on a community-wide scale as a result of pervasive violence, concentrated poverty, segregation, neglected infrastructure and structural racism. Community-level lack of trust, disengagement with civic processes, and an absent sense of community ownership are all outgrowths of historic and systemic community-wide trauma. 

Trauma-informed community building (TICB) offers an approach to strengthen power and resilience in communities in the face of pervasive trauma. TICB recognizes community trauma, de-escalates chaos and stress, fosters resiliency and strengthens social connections.

Q: How are the communities of focus identified for this initiative?

A: Neighborhoods were identified because they have both high youth need and high capacity for deep community engagement and participation. A Youth Need Index and Youth Planning Readiness Index were calculated using agency and community data.

Q: Who is involved in the planning process? Who will make decisions?

A: Leadership for this initiative comes from the Board of Supervisors, County Manager’s Office, Health System, Human Services Agency, Department of Probation and County Office of Education.

A Countywide Steering Committee comprised of representatives of County agencies, relevant commissions and initiatives, and select community based organizations helps guide and shape the planning process.

At the neighborhood level, local stakeholders and leaders guide the initiative in formal Neighborhood Leadership Groups to ensure the process takes the unique needs and desires of individual communities into account. Community Champions connect the initiative with young people and their families on the ground, who provide valuable input on the assets and challenges in their community.

Q: How can I get involved? Who can I contact for more information?

A: There will be many opportunities for people who live and/or work in the focus areas to provide input in the planning process. If you live and/or work in one of the focus areas, we want to hear from you! Please contact Paige Kruza by email or office phone at 510-944-0160.

If you do not live or work in one of the four focus areas for the CCCS planning process, please email Maeve Johnston for more information.