The Chula Vista Community Collaborative originally grew out of a Healthy Start Planning Grant that was awarded to Vista Square Elementary in May 1993. With encouragement from the South Bay Human Services Council, a coalition of human service agencies and Vista Square staff began a needs assessment of the community, which was completed in January 1993. The traditional school staff could not address the assessed needs adequately, so in an attempt to bring more services to the Vista Square community, a Healthy Start Planning Grant application was submitted in January 1993.
The first Vista Square Planning Grant meeting was held on August 4, 1993 and was attended by representatives from the Chula Vista Elementary School District, the Social Security Administration, the City of Chula Vista, South Bay Family YMCA, Episcopal Community Services Head Start, Vista Hill, and the Human Services Council.
The advisory group was eventually named the Chula Vista Cluster Coordinating Council. This was later shortened to Chula Vista Coordinating Council (CVCC), and in 2003 to commemorate its 10th anniversary the CVCC changed its name to the Chula Vista Community Collaborative (the initials however, remain the same). This group met monthly to plan with the community. Building on strengths and determining strategies, the group wrote a successful Healthy Start Operational Grant, which was awarded May 1995.
In an effort to inform other schools about the services available through a collaborative model, funds were made available to Chula Vista schools for additional nurse time as well as for small grants which gave schools an opportunity to try inventive approaches to service delivery. With these funds, as well as Healthy Start funding and support from many partners, BEACON Family Resource Center was opened on Vista Square campus to support families by providing holistic integrated services.
Expansion of the Family Resource Centers
Since 1995, the number of Family Resource Centers operated under the CVCC grew to six. The commitment of schools and other partners to work together to support Chula Vista’s families set the stage for a high level of coordination and integration among service providers. Healthy Start funding provided seed money for 3-5 years to implement the FRCs:
- In 1998, Rice Elementary and Chula Vista High School received a Healthy Start Operational Grant and opened New Directions Family Resource Center on the Rice campus.
- In 1999, Loma Verde Elementary and Castle Park Middle received an operational grant and opened Fair Winds Family Resource Center on the Loma Verde campus.
- In 2000, Otay and Montgomery Elementaries received their Healthy Start operational grant and opened Rayo de Esperanza Family Resource Center at Otay Elementary campus.
- In 2001, Palomar High School received a Healthy Start operational grant and implemented Open Door Youth and Family Resource Center.
- And finally, in 2003 Montgomery Middle School and Silver Wing Elementary received an operational grant and opened Luz del Sol Family Resource Center on the Montgomery Middle School campus. Unfortunately, Luz del Sol FRC has since been closed, but we hope that sometime in the future we will have the opportunity to re-open it.
The FRCs have close relationships with the schools in the community, but it is important to remember that the FRCs offer services and opportunities to anyone who asks for assistance. The community has been welcomed onto school campuses to take advantage of the expanded resources made available through the work of the CVCC.
The CVCC continues to function as an effective mechanism for coordinating and integrating services both at the FRCs and throughout the city. The collaborative now also faces the challenge of securing long-term sustainability for the Family Resource Centers and other innovative mechanisms that can maximize the value of local resources by increasing the level of coordination among local service providers. The primary funding sources for the CVCC are our local School Districts, Chula Vista Elementary School District and Sweetwater Union High School District. A blend of other funding sources provides for the operation of the FRCs beyond the expenditure of Healthy Start funds. Collaborative members together will maintain a vision for what the FRCs will look like, and how they will operate, into the future. CVCC looks for opportunities to partner with agencies to submit grants and programs that benefit the Chula Vista community.
The CVCC Today
In 2013 CVCC celebrated 20 years of collaboration.
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Updated on 2014-04-30 11:58:40 by cross