Education Summit: Improving Education for Children in Foster Care

Apr 20, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Department of Children and Families — Circuit 4 invites you to participate in an Educational Summit, “Everybody’s a Teacher: Improving Education for Children in Foster Care.”

The event will take place Friday, April 29, 2011 from 9am to 12pm at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Haut Hall, 1649 Kingsley Ave. Orange Park, Florida 32073.

Please RSVP via email to Summer Saladino,, by April 22nd.

Register for the Children’s Campaign legislative breakfast

Apr 19, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Chartrand Foundation, the Community Foundation and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund are hosting Children’s Campaign breakfast on April 27. Seating is limited, so make your reservations here today.

Roy Miller, president of the Children’s Campaign, will present: “What’s Happening and What’s Next for Kids.”

The breakfast is Wednesday, April 27 from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Kinne Center at Jacksonville University.

Mapping Child Well-Being in Duval County

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Even though they all live within the city boundaries, Jacksonville’s children are not afforded equal opportunities — often based on where they live.

A report released in March 2011 looked at how more than a dozen indicators affect the well-being of children in Duval County. The report was conducted by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University for the Jacksonville Children’s Commission. The Jesse Ball DuPont Fund paid for the study.

The indicators were divided into three specific areas: Neighborhood Indicators, Education and School-Related Indicators, and Health and Environmental Indicators.

The results showed that there is a division of opportunity between the eastern and western parts of the county. While the southeastern portion of the city has seen opportunity improvement for children, there has been a persistent concentration of opportunity-poor communities in the Urban Core and an opportunity decline in areas in the southwest over the last twenty years.

There is also a significant racial disparity: While only 16.56 percent of white children live in lower opportunity areas, the percentage for African American children is 59.73 percent.

Poverty rates and related indicators have a notable impact on health outcomes. For example, Health Zone 1 has the worst neighborhood conditions and the highest incidence of health outcomes like diabetes and teen births. The Coalition has also seen a similar trend in this area with infant mortality.

The Kirwan Institute also looked in depth at the New Town Success Zone area in North Jacksonville, a neighborhood-based city initiative modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone. The report revealed that the NTSZ area has a very high concentration of non-whites (98 to 100 percent ), alongside a concentration of poverty and low-income families — which is reflected in the high percentage of economically disadvantaged students in the two schools in the area.

Task Force launches prenatal care campaign in Baker County

Apr 18, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Pregnant women in Baker County aren’t getting the care they need — so the Baker County Infant Mortality Task Force has set out to let the community know: Moms Matter!

The Task Force has launched a media campaign targeted at pregnant women and the overall community, to promote early and regular prenatal care and make sure the community is supporting women during their pregnancies.

Ads have run in the newspaper, local articles and news blurbs on the issue have been printed (check them out here and here) and fans will be available to churches and community agencies. The fans include a list of over 100 “Intentional Acts of Kindness Toward a Pregnant Woman.” The Coalition also has a Web page devoted to resources in the community available to pregnant women!

Seeking prenatal care early — in the first trimester — and regularly is vital to the health of babies. Mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have low birth weight babies and five times more likely to have their baby die, compared to mothers who do receive prenatal care.

Most women in Baker County receive their prenatal care from private physicians and the county health department. Prenatal care should begin in the first trimester, but many women enter into care late (second trimester or later) or do not enter into care at all.