ERIC Number: ED445819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Financing Family Resource Centers: A Guide to Sources and Strategies. Starting Points: Meeting the Needs of Our Youngest Children.
Watson, Sara; Westheimer, Miriam
Noting that family resource centers (FRC) embody the comprehensive approach needed to respect families and meet their needs for providing their children with a healthy, nurturing beginning, and that financing issues fundamentally affect how responsive family resource centers will be to the needs of the people they serve, this guide was developed to help those involved in running and funding family resource centers to make well-informed strategic decisions about funding. Following an introductory chapter, chapter 2 describes FRC characteristics, how they differ from traditional services, and their implications for funding. Chapter 3 outlines principles and strategies for effective financing for both policymakers and FRC staff and includes a systematic process for FRC staff to use to ensure that they are making the best use of the financing options available to them. Chapter 4 describes current sources of financing for FRCs. The funding structure for one center is highlighted to illustrate the complexities of funding that most centers need to juggle. Chapter 5 discusses critical financing issues, including reducing the mismatch between family support principles and the current system of fragmented, categorical programs and funding. Chapters 6 and 7 offer ideas for FRCs and funders on how to improve the financing environment for family resource centers. Six appendices include budgeting information, information on state funding for FRCs, and materials for use by FRCs to develop creative financial options. (Contains 39 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Family Needs, Family Programs, Financial Support, Resource Centers, Self Evaluation (Groups), Young Children
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.