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The City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS)
Re-alignment of DHS’s Out of School Time Programs to Focus on Children and Youth Outcomes
VISION facilitated and provided system-level strategies to realign DHS’s city-wide system of 189 afterschool programs that service 20,000 children and youth. The assessment of program quality, professional development, and measuring the impact on youth outcomes is complex and involves the coordination of multiple stakeholders and resources at various levels of city and non-profit agencies. The work is guided by research by the National Institute of Out of School Time, analysis of program data, and input from DHS OST’s providers and key stakeholders, such as Public Health Management Corporation, The City of Philadelphia, The Department of Human Services, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC)
Early Childhood Education Expansion Plan for High-Quality Head Start Services for Diversified Community Services
VISION created an expansion plan to increase the number of children served in a mixed-income neighborhood and also made recommendations based on the assessment the DCS organizational strategic plans, neighborhood plans, census data, and current DCS HeadStart operations. VISION located matching city and state tax incentives, economic development strategies to finance the expansion by interviewing City Planning Commission, city council, state representative and state senate, banks, and DCS board members. VISION identified real estate developers and agents as strategic partners for PHMC & DCS and created viable Developer’s Performa to cover the expansion’s construction costs.
“Howard is a top-notch professional who knows the ins and outs of early childhood education. He was instrumental in getting my ECE centers back on track by combining programming with a great business model.” Otis Bullock, Executive Director of Diversified Community Services
The Neighborhood Interfaith Movement (NIM)
Inter-agency, Cross-sector Collaboration to Support Early Childhood Education
VISION created “The West Council” as an innovative approach to engage multiple stakeholders in a targeted neighborhood with high child poverty rates. Twenty agencies participated to support families with young children, including local businesses, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania state legislators, community organizations, child care providers, educators, and faith leaders. VISION facilitated the process of West Council’s neighborhood plan. Priorities of the plan were informed by experts, such as the University of Pennsylvania and the Governor’s Early Childhood Education Investment Commission. VISION also established the leadership of the Council’s four work groups. The work groups designed interagency projects to address: parental awareness, kindergarten readiness, and city-wide awareness of the effects of childhood trauma.
“As leader of the West Philadelphia Neighborhood Council, Howard was instrumental in implementing a neighborhood-based approach that focused on engaging a broad spectrum of community stakeholders. He brought together community providers, government officials, local businesses, leaders of faith-based organizations, representatives from higher education, and other community members to successfully address significant issues faced by a wide range of individuals in need of support and services in the community. Under Howard’s leadership, the council provided an effective forum and delivered a wide range of resources to the community.” Steve Shaud, Elwyn Insitute