LMB Needs Assessment and Strategic Plans
The Queen Anne’s County Community Partnerships for Children and Families bases their work on a comprehensive needs assessment and strategic plan. These documents are meant to be a tool for identifying areas of critical need and strengths thereby developing community strategies and focusing local funding requests. Over the years the QAC Partnerships for Children and Families has been in existence six documents have been developed that served this purpose. Specifically these documents are meant to be a tool for the board, staff, and community in order to look at needs, establish priorities, and implemented child and family programs. View our strategic plan/needs assessment.
The QAC LMB Bylaws are the written rules that control the internal affairs of our organization. They define the way the group functions and serve as the legal guidelines of the organization.
LMB Marketing Materials
In an attempt to help those in the community have a better understanding of the work we are doing, the board and staff of the Community Partnerships is taking a more active role in marketing our work and our successes. Below are some documents that have been developed in order to help others understand our role and accomplishments in the community.
Maryland Association of Local Management Boards Annual Report
The annual legislative report presented by the Maryland Association of Local Management Boards highlights the collective efforts of the Local Management Boards (LMBs) throughout the State, as well as the individual accomplishments that have been achieved in each of the twenty-four local jurisdictions. By bringing together local child-serving agencies, service providers, consumers of services, and other community representatives, LMBs empower local stakeholders to identify local needs and establish priorities for their communities.
Maryland LMB Report
The report, Maryland’s Local Management Boards: Making a Difference for Children and Families 1990-2010, is a 20 year review of the performance of Local Management Boards. It was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Richard A. Henson Foundation, and written by independent consultant Phyllis Rozansky. Overall the report indicates that: “there are multiple sources of evidence that LMBs are making a positive difference and that the state/local systems of which LMBs are a part have changed the landscape of services in Maryland for the better.”
Healthy Families Mid-Shore
Healthy Families Mid-Shore is evidence-based, accredited home visiting program that provides intensive prevention and early intervention services to first time parents, eligible for M-CHP and residing in Queen Anne’s, Talbot & Kent Counties, who also have risk factors for poor parenting outcomes. Home visitors (Family Support Workers) share the “Growing Great Kids, Inc.” curriculum, build a sustained relationship with the participants, conduct developmental screens, refer for services, and model essential parenting skills. Healthy Families is a research-based best practice initiative of Prevent Child Abuse America. The first objective of Healthy Families is to reduce the occurrence of child abuse and neglect in families with high risk factors for such events. This year the actual number of child abuse and neglect findings was 100% fewer than the predicted number for the population we served.
The second objective is to support and prepare first time parents to succeed in the challenges of raising an infant and young child to have the social capacity and developmental, cognitive, language, and motor abilities to be “ready to learn” when they reach kindergarten age. These goals are accomplished by developing a trusting, sustained relationship with pregnant and new first time parents, and providing them with child development education, parenting information, health and developmental screens, resource referrals, and successful goal-setting experiences. Outcome measures verify extremely positive results in healthy babies and positive parenting.
Maryland Out of School Opportunity Fund (MASOF)
The Maryland Afterschool and Summer Opportunity Fund (MASOF) Comprehensive Plan & Recommendations is authored by the MASOF Advisory Board, which was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley in 2013. MASOF – established in 1999 under then Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and then state legislator Chris Van Hollen – was initially funded up to $10 million; however, over time MASOF was eliminated from the budget by a series of cuts and remains unfunded at the present time. The MASOF Advisory Board has met to provide an updated landscape as well as recommendations for priority areas for future investment in afterschool and summer programs.
Expanding Opportunities, Improving Lives – Afterschool’s Return on Investment for Maryland updates past research and uses Maryland specific data to determine the potential fiscal impact an increased investment in afterschool program might have in Maryland. The ROI calculation found every $1 invested in afterschool program leads to a return on investment of $3.36. Just 17% of Maryland’s students (K-12) are currently participating in an afterschool school program, but more than 296,374 would participate if a program were available in their community.