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ERIC Number: ED545555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-5
Pages: 102
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
First 5 Kern Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2012-2013
Wang, Jianjun
Online Submission
Scientific discoveries indicated the importance of brain growth during the first 5 years of child life. To support early childhood development, California voter passed Proposition 10 in 1998 to collect a 50 cent per pack tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Kern County Children and Families Commission (First 5 Kern) receives funding from the Proposition 10 to support services for children ages 0-5 and their families in Kern County. In Fiscal Year 2012-13, First 5 Kern distributed over $10 million to sponsor 40 programs with a common goal of improving child health, family functioning, and child development in Kern County. To sustain the systems of care, First 5 Kern also raised over $3 million through partnership building in the third largest county in land areas. Following a model of results-based accountability, this report summarizes innovative outcomes using the new glossary from the Evaluation Committee of the First 5 Association of California. The report includes five chapters: Chapter 1 highlights vision and mission of First 5 Kern; Chapter 2 provides program-specific results that impact children in the valley, desert, and mountain communities; Chapter 3 describes findings from social network analyses to guide the integration of services in Kern County. Chapter 4 includes longitudinal results from the Core Data Elements (CDE) survey and Family Stability Rubric (FSR) to sustain the ongoing improvement of local services across time. This report ends with Chapter 5: Conclusions and Future Directions to clarify recommendations for stakeholders across a region as large as the state of New Jersey. Both quantitative and qualitative methods have been adopted in this report to follow the Statewide Evaluation Framework, and conform to the Utility, Feasibility, Propriety, and Accuracy standards for program evaluation. Appendices include: (1) Index of Program Acronyms; (2) Technical Advisory Committee; (3) Interview Protocol for ISQ Data Collection; and (4) Evaluation Site Visit IRB [Institution Review Board] Monitoring Form. [For "First 5 Kern Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2011-2012," see ED539378.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 10 (California 1998)