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Title: Voices for Children of San Antonio

Voices for Children of San Antonio
  • Data Book Presentation
  • September 10, 2003

Data Book Topics
Overlap of Issues
Abuse Neglect
Early Care Education
Basic Needs
Basic Needs
63 of Single Parents with Children Under 18
dont make enough to cover basic needs
Necessary Income Poverty San Antonio MSA
2000 Single Parent Households
Necessary Income for Monthly Expenses Single
Parent w/ Two Children San Antonio MSA 2000
Source Texas Family Security Index, Center for
Public Policy September 2002, Poverty Level
Census 2000
63 of Single Parents with Children Under 18 made
30,000 or less per year in 1999. Source 2000
Census (data reflects all San Antonio MSA single
parents with children, all family sizes)
Source Texas Family Security Index, Center for
Public Policy September 2002. reported in
Children Cant Wait Charting the Well-Being of
San Antonio Children, VOICES of SA, Brischetto
Early Care Education
CCDS is serving fewer children and the waiting
list is growing
San Antonio Children in Subsidized Care 2001 to
2003 Children Served in CCDS Head Start And
Waiting List for Services
Source City of San Antonio, Department of
Community Initiatives, 2003 Current Data as of
June 2003 Waiting List in period of time.
Waiting list data (which varies by time of year)
is taken at the end of June for each of the
fiscal years
Quality Standards are Lower Across Texas
Texas Standards are lower for children 25 months
  • Child care workers are paid less than stock
    clerks, cleaners and cooks. Turnover averages
    30 per year.

Source Southern Regional Task Force on Child
Care October 2001. Southern Institute on
Children and Families, December 2001, derived
from data in State Survey on Quality Child Care
(Child Care Licensing Administrator). Survey
Requested information as of July 1, 2001.
School Readiness Showing Positive Momentum
  • Need for Intervention
  • 33 of San Antonio children were not prepared for
    kindergarten (Childrens Defense Fund, 2002)
  • 26 of 3rd graders scored below minimum standards
    on the TAAS (TEA, 2000 improved to 21 in 2002)
  • 40 did not complete high school with their
    original classmates (IDRA estimate, 2000)
  • 23 of adults did not have a high school diploma
    or GED (2000 Census)
  • Early On San Antonio School Readiness
  • Links between child care centers and elementary
  • Currently in 17 elementary schools
  • Collaborative meetings to align curriculum
  • Neighborhood events to promote awareness
  • Since October of 2000
  • -590 Teachers Educated on Guidelines
  • -3,604 Child Participants
  • -2,104 Children Showing Progress in Mastery
  • -6,083 Parents Educated as Their Childs Teacher
  • -126,394 School Readiness Brochures Distributed
  • -1,235 Business Partnerships Established

Abuse and Neglect
Abuse Neglect Cases are Increasing
  • TDPRS serves about 5,000 children in 2,000

Disturbing Increases in Mental Health Issues
among Children In Foster Care
TDPRS, Health, Police Forces believe that
substance abuse is involved in a majority of the
more problematic abuse neglect cases.
Sexual Abuse, Neglectful Supervision, Physical
Neglect Had Greatest Increases
Struggling to Keep up with Caseload
  • Number of children under TDPRS legal
    responsibility has more Caseload has more than
    doubled in past decade, a growth faster than in
    TX overall.
  • Caseload per Worker
  • SA Region 8 26.1
  • State of Texas 21.3
  • Child Welfare
  • League of America
  • (CWLA) Recommends 12.0

Source Texas Department of Protective and
Regulatory Services, 1992-2001 data provided by
Keith Lyons and Dr. Bob Brischetto in the San
Antonio Voices for Children Reference Book
Data Book
  • Various Databases, Reports, Expert Interviews
  • Scope is Mostly Local with State
  • National Data for Perspective

Content Contributors to the Book
  • From the Community
  • Dr. Fernando Guerra, Metro Health
  • Charlie Pruski, Metro Health
  • John Berlanga, Metro Health
  • Dennis Campa, DCI
  • Xavier Urrutia, DCI
  • Anne Tarr, DCI
  • Edward Benavides, DCI
  • Dr. Richard Harris, UTSA, MRPI
  • Dr. Juanita Firestone, UTSA, MRPI
  • Ted Reznicek, TDPRS
  • Luba Hansin-Jones, TDPRS
  • Janet Wray, TDPRS
  • Steve Herlich, SW Mental Health Center
  • Dr. Juan Parra, UTHSC
  • From the Voices Team
  • Amy Albright, Research Consultant
  • Marian Sokol,
  • Juanita Simmons, Carelink Univ. Health Center
  • Cindy Beamer, UTHSC
  • Dawn White, Family Services
  • Lisa Uribe, PhD. Early Ed. Consultant
  • Donna Bauer, Directors Mentoring
  • Cam Messina, VOICES
  • George Block, NISD
  • Dr. Robert Brischetto, Research Consultant
  • Keith Lyons, Research Consultant

  • Kronkosky Charitable Trust Fund
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas
  • City of San Antonio Department of Community
  • Alamo Workforce Development, Inc.
  • San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Where do we go from here?
  • Challenge of the 9 Zips
  • Clearly Defined Target
  • Strategic Approach for Moving Forward

5 Questions
  • Do we need COMMUNITY METRICS in the 9 Zips so we
    all become responsible for the outcome?

5 Questions
  • DEFINE what is it exactly that we are trying to
  • How do we name the problem to be solved?
  • How can we define success in the right ways?

5 Questions
  • Do we understand WHAT TRIGGERS CHANGE and how we
    can use those levers individually collectively?
  • Do we know our communitys examples of surprising
    success and failure?

5 Questions
  • What is our best Strategic Starting Point?
  • Capable of having short term results while
    keeping the broader vision in mind

5 Questions
  • How can we build a ROAD MAP in the Nine Zip
  • Community Agenda
  • Commit to our Capacity - What is doable within
    our limitations
  • Build a knowledge base- report on the needs
    research disseminate best practices
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