The Children’s Services Council (CSC) of Leon County announced to today that the group will host three listening sessions across the county for families to offer direct input on how anticipated community investment funding should be used.
On January 26 and 31, and February 1, participants will have the opportunity to discuss possible program funding with members of the CSC Leon team and Council Members regarding “Family Supports”—specifically, what it means to them, and the types of family support services needed in their community and neighborhoods.
The CSC press release notes that the “goal of these sessions is to provide an inclusive setting for open and honest input from those who most need family supportive services. CSC Leon wants to ensure community investments funded by the Council are representative of the families it ultimately seeks to serve.”
“Parents, caregivers and families truly are the experts when it comes to knowing what they need to help them provide for the children and youth in their care,” explains Cecka Rose Green, CSC Leon executive director. “While we have data to help inform and shape funding decisions, it works best with input from the people who will benefit from the programming. These listening sessions are designed to encourage any and every person caring for our kiddos in a family setting to let us know what they need and how best the Council can support them.”
To reduce the barriers to families participating, each session is located on a bus route and food will be served. Additionally, childcare is being offered for those families that need it. While any county resident can attend, those residing in or adjacent to each location are strongly encouraged to participate. Families interested in participating in one of the three sessions can sign up using this link.
The dates, times and locations of meetings are provided below:
Thursday, January 26, Sabal Palm Elementary, 813 Ridgeway Street, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31, Jack McLean Community Center, 700 E. Paul Russell Road, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 1, Lake Jackson Community Center, 3840 N. Monroe Street, Unit 301, 5:30-7:30 p.m.