Call for Applications: Poughkeepsie Children's Cabinet Working Group Membership
Thank you for your interest in joining the work of the Poughkeepsie Children's Cabinet. We are currently seeking members for two of our four Working Groups.

The two working Groups are:

(1) Early Childhood: This working group seeks to develop strategies to ensure sustainable long-term investments in early childhood development and will be Co-Chaired by Sad’e Sharas, Owner of Learning Treehouse Daycare and Co-Founder and Director of Black Excellence Community and Dr. Julie Riess,  Executive Director of Day One Early Learning Community

(2) Out-of-School Enrichment and Learning: This working group seeks to address prevalent phenomena such as after school and summer learning loss gaps in academic and extracurricular enrichment along socioeconomic lines. This Working Group will be Co-Chaired L’Quette Taylor, Founder and President of Community Matters 2 and Mario Johnson,  Community Schools Administrator for the Poughkeepsie City School District.  

Each Working Group will bring together 5-10 subject matter experts from key domains of education, child, youth, and community development to develop proposals to advance structural change around pressing public problems and opportunities for children, youth, and families in the City of Poughkeepsie along a cradle-to-career continuum.

Over the next 3-6 months, each Working Group will be tasked with developing a report to submit to the Children's Cabinet Executive Committee with recommendations and guidance for advancing major structural changes in its area of focus. This report will include recommendations on topics such as data; public policy; funding priorities; program innovations; and new approaches to family and community engagement. These reports will serve as roadmaps for a new citywide collective impact agenda for child and youth development. Due to COVID, this work will be remote for the foreseeable future.

In completing its work, each Working Group will be expected to leverage the insights of its members and the community-at-large while shepherding a robust participatory process to ensure that its recommendations are representative of the knowledge, perspectives, and insights of community stakeholders across the City of Poughkeepsie.

We anticipate launching our College, Career & Civic Readiness and Integrated Health & Human Services Working Groups in late spring 2021.
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Working Groups FAQ:
1. WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF WORKING GROUPS?

- Identifying and examining the structural challenges and opportunities in each Working Group's focus area

- Data collection and analysis for decision-making

- Capturing the perspectives and insights of key stakeholder groups through robust community engagement
 (particularly communities deeply impacted by the issue and sectors with the potential to support comprehensive solutions)

- Exchanging with leading national models of best practices

- Ideating, prioritizing, and deciding on a comprehensive set of solutions (programmatic, fiscal, policy, etc.) for the consideration of the Cabinet Executive Committee and Poughkeepsie community-at-large


2. WHO WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUPS?

Teams of 5-10 people per working group who are subject matter experts; representatives of existing coalitions; or community members with deep ties and experience in the Working Group's focus area.

Each working will be led by 2 Co-Chairs.


3. WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT/SCHEDULE?

Bi-weekly (every other week) meetings over 3-6 months.

**Please note that work may need to happen between meetings.**

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WHY DID THE CHILDREN'S CABINET SELECT THESE TWO FOCUS AREAS FOR WORKING GROUPS?

(1) EARLY CHILDHOOD:

An overwhelming body of evidence shows that the most sustainable long-term investment that communities can make in child development is starting with early childhood (ECD). Studies show that the return on investment to society of high-impact ECD programs can range from $6-12 for every $1 invested. Additionally, early childhood investments (or the lack thereof) play a major role in key developmental indicators such as kindergarten readiness and are major predictors of a child's educational outcomes and upward mobility.  

(2) OUT-OF-SCHOOL LEARNING:

Studies show that by the time young people reach 6th grade, middle-class students have likely spent 6,000 more hours learning than their peers born into poverty. This working group seeks to address prevalent phenomena such as after school and summer learning loss to gaps in extracurricular participation and academic enrichment along socioeconomic lines. Additionally, it will explore strategies to position out-of-school learning as a citywide priority and promote cross-sector alignment around quality standards for all community programs, with a strong focus on the prevailing challenges of youth development during COVID-19.


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