FY 2001-02 Budget is Organized by Community Outcomes
Five community outcomes reflect a collective vision of what Contra Costa County desires for its children and families:
- Children Ready for and Succeeding in School
- Children and Youth Healthy and Preparing for a Productive Adulthood
- Families that are Economically Self-Sufficient
- Families that are Safe, Stable and Nurturing
- Communities that are Safe and Provide a High Quality of Life
These community outcomes were developed in 1997 by the Contra Costa Children and Families Policy Forum and were adopted by the Board of Supervisors. The Contra Costa Children’s Report Card contains information on indicators of community well-being in relation to these five outcomes. The Children’s Report Card (most recently updated in 2000) can be viewed online at http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/cccoe/relations/reportcard.htm. For FY 2001-02, the Children and Family Services Budget is organized around these five desired outcomes for children and families. Each of the 115 programs described in the Budget is categorized according to the primary community outcome served by the program (many programs further more than one outcome, as shown in Table 10). The tables and charts in the front section of the Budget show the distribution of programs across these five outcome areas and provide analysis of key program characteristics. This analysis provides valuable insight into the County’s efforts to support the community outcomes in the Children’s Report Card. The main findings from this analysis are described below.
Distribution of Programs Across Outcome Areas
The 115 programs in the Children and Family Services Budget are distributed across the five outcome areas as follows:
Children Ready for and Succeeding in School: 34 programs with total expenditures of $176,280,484. Programs include those provided by the County Library system, the Community Services Department (such as Head Start) and the Health Services Department. Many of the programs in this outcome area are collaborations between County agencies and school districts that serve low income and medically vulnerable children.
Children and Youth Healthy and Preparing for Productive Adulthood: 23 programs with total expenditures of $22,132,150. Services primarily focus on two phases in a child’s life: early childhood and youth. Early childhood services emphasize prevention such as perinatal care, immunization, nutrition and developmental screening. Youth services provide remediation services to reduce youth violence or substance abuse and to improve teen health.
Families that are Economically Self-Sufficient: 15 programs with total expenditures of $230,766,334. This category includes Welfare-to-Work (WtW) programs, housing assistance, food stamps, and childcare. Gross expenditures include direct payments to families for cash aid ($67.3 million), food stamps ($12.6 million) and childcare ($22.3 million).
Families that are Safe, Stable and Nurturing: 31 programs with total expenditures of $99,316,466. Programs in this area provide supportive services for vulnerable families and include Family Preservation, Foster Care and Child/Family Legal Services.
Communities that are Safe and Provide High Quality of Life: 12 programs with total expenditures of $44,823,646. Services are oriented toward crisis intervention and include Sheriff general patrol services, juvenile probation and detention, domestic violence intervention and youth community services.
Analysis of the financing structure
71% of gross expenditures in the Children and Family Services Budget support two outcome areas: Families that are Economically Self Sufficient (40%) and Children that are Ready for and Succeeding in School (31%). The remaining 29% of gross expenditures are divided among the other three outcome areas: Families that are Safe, Stable and Nurturing (17%), Communities that are Safe and Provide a High Quality of Life (8%), and Children Healthy and Preparing for Productive Adulthood (4%). County General Funds are distributed differently among outcome areas than gross expenditures. Children that are Ready for and Succeeding in School (31%) and Communities that are Safe and Provide a High Quality of Life (30%) receive the greatest proportion of County General Funds. The remaining County General Funds are divided among the other outcome areas as follows: 9% Children Healthy and Preparing for Productive Adulthood, 6% Families that are Economically Self Sufficient, and 24% Families that are Safe, Stable and Nurturing.