Center for Child and Family Achievement
The CCFA model is conceptually designed to impact the achievement gap in the City of Trenton. It is premised on providing a longitudinal support system, outcomes-based methodology and evidence-based practice, that will deliver a dynamic continuum of academic and social service resources for the entire family. Our continuum of services provides a suite of case managed interventions that include, but are not limited to individualized and family educational planning, child and family enrichment services, behavioral healthcare referrals, parent academic and job coaching, educational enrichment activities for children and families, parent advocacy leadership training and developing a family support network.
Partner organizations in conjunction with family cohort team leaders work to supervise client referrals and strategic engagement to augment and undergird the alignment and impact of services. The model includes the development of memorandums of understanding with each partner to ensure agreed upon protocols that programmatically support implementation and effectiveness. It also addresses the fact that children of economically and socially challenged parents require a unique mix of wholly integrated structural supports. The administration of these supports is managed by a project director and four family cohort team leaders, who under the leadership of the chief executive, work in partnership with each family and in tandem with our strategic partners, to execute our services and family achievement impact.
1. Model Evaluation and Assessment
Summative assessment is a key part of the larger impact evaluation and evidence based practice framework. If an educational strategy is evidence-based, data- or research-based, educators compile, analyze and use objective evidence to inform the design of academic programs or guide modification of instructional techniques. Our model includes these tiers of data collection toward program evaluation and assessment.
2. Educational/University Partnerships
In partnership with the model, strategically selected institutions of higher learning assist the development of research to inform the unique impact of dynamic forces influencing the achievement of low-income minority children. The university partnership guides, and suggests refinement at critical milestones to undergird the integrity and validity of outcome evaluation, assessment and reporting.
3. Building Community Partnerships
External public and private partnerships are critical for effective implementation to programmatically provide a dynamic continuum of academic and social service resources for children and families. Through a network of strategic alignments, CCFA assists its families with resources that include: individual and family goal setting; continuing education counseling and referral; employment counseling and training; social service referrals that assist with housing, utility, food, clothing and transportation deficits; child health, behavioral, social, psychological and neurological assessments as needed; and behavioral health referrals including substance abuse assessment and treatment referrals as needed.
Replicate Our Model
Replication sounds easy but just because a program works in one location doesn’t mean it will automatically be effective in another. Balancing the demands of model fidelity with the need to adapt to local conditions on the ground is one of the most pressing challenges of replication, and is far from the only one.
Please contact us if your organization is interested in establishing a Center for Child and Family Achievement in your community.