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ERIC Number: ED497928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 313
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Families Shine: Evaluation of the Family and Community Partnership, Palm Beach County, Florida. Final Report
Lyons, Sandra; Winje, Carolyn
Chapin Hall Center for Children
Collaboration and coordination among providers of social and health services have long been prescribed for remedying fragmented service systems and achieving integrated services. Yet ambitious efforts to achieve these goals have often been disappointing. This three-year study examined the Family and Community Partnership (FCP) in Palm Beach County, Florida. The goal of the initiative was to strengthen the functioning of and collaboration among programs providing prevention and early intervention services in four targeted geographic areas identified as having the highest level of need for services. The FCP strove to accomplish these goals by increasing the knowledge of service providers about formal and informal resources for families; fostering better communication, coordination, and collaboration among service providers; and building the capacity of service providers through staff development and improved program management and assessment. Over the course of this three-year study, the FCP made considerable progress toward achieving its ends. The FCP established a firm foundation in its first years of operation and steered a steady course in the second and third years of the evaluation. The FCP facilitated relationships among many service providers by creating a structure for partners to meet, communicate, and share resources, and by fostering the use of common tools and approaches to working with families. The FCP and this evaluation were funded by the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County. (Contains 2 figures and 34 tables.) [This evaluation was funded by the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, Florida.]
Chapin Hall Center for Children. 1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Tel: 773-753-5900; Fax: 773-753-5940; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Chapin Hall Center for Children.
Identifiers - Location: Florida