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The Official Newsletter of the Children's Services Council of Leon County


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Summer Camps for Children with Special Needs RFA

March 14, 2024

CSC Leon approved the release of a short-term, mini-funding cycle to support nonprofit organizations that provide inclusive and enriching summer camp experiences for children with special needs. If approved, an organization may be awarded up to $75,000 in funding for a period of four months (May 1 - August 30). Applications are due Friday, April 5.

Learn more about this opportunity including access to the informational session here.


Intent to Award Summer Enrichment Programs for 2024 Released

March 13, 2024

During the last meeting, CSC Leon also approved its intent to fund 11 programs for Summer Enrichment 2024. This funding will provide more than 900 children and youth an enriching and consistent summer learning experience for 6-8 weeks, as well as daily meals. Each program selected had to meet specific standards for program design. It continues to be CSC Leon’s intent to “raise the bar” on quality standard implementation for all summer programs.

Find out which programs CSC Leon is funding and how families can benefit here.


Five more small nonprofits selected for SIPS funding, bringing total to 25 programs

March 13, 2024

The other major piece of business discussed during the last meeting on March 7, was the selection of five applications from the third round of of the "Small Investments for Program Success" (SIPS) Funding Initiative. This brings the total programs funded with SIPS to 25 since its inception in July 2023. It is likely that this next round, open now, will be the last for this fiscal year.

Find out which programs CSC Leon is funding and learn more about SIPS funding here. You can also check out a few SIPS recipients below.


CSC Leon in the News

Leon Children's Services Council approves $1.7 million for 2024 summer programs (Contributed by Tallahassee Democrat)

This summer, the council will fund 11 summer enrichment programs and offer a new funding opportunity for summer camps geared toward special needs children. The CSC's summer enrichment program funds existing programs that support the county's most vulnerable children in low-income communities. This year's applicants will address critical needs of local children based on a survey assessed in 2022 by the CSC which found that the subpar third grade literacy and eighth grade math passing rates and a rise in juvenile crime are areas the council can impact the most through its funding.

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Discover free summer camps from the CSC Leon Summer Youth Expo Investment

On Saturday, March 23, CSC Leon hosted the second annual Summer Youth Expo. This family-friendly event was designed to be a “one-stop shop” showcase to connect families to low and no-cost summer enrichment camps for children and youth in Leon County. Missed the expo? Families can still access free summer camp and/or learn more here.


Upcoming Meetings and Events


Partner Spotlight: Girls' Circle Program with The Oasis Center for Women & Girls'

Girls’ Circles are weekly, adult-facilitated, curriculum-based peer groups for middle to high school girls. The groups provide a safe space for girls to learn about topics such as building confidence, body image, effective communication, and expression while making friends, being creative, and having fun! This program improves relationships between girls, increases school connectedness, and supports student success. Learn more about this CSC Leon-funded program and others on our website:


Family Resources

'Glowin while Growing' Maternal Health Day Fair on January 27 Lawrence Gregory Center, Free games, resources, activities, vendors and more
Summer Youth Internship Program
The Children’s Services Council of Leon County (CSC Leon) is excited to announce its summer youth internship program in collaboration with “North Florida Worlds of Work.” The program is designed to provide mature youth with an opportunity to develop workforce-ready skills through a PAID summer internship that pairs real-world work experiences with life-skill development training and workshops. Learn more
'Glowin while Growing' Maternal Health Day Fair on January 27 Lawrence Gregory Center, Free games, resources, activities, vendors and more
Individual Counseling at the Oasis Center for Women & Girls
With funding from the CSC, the Oasis Center proudly offers a FREE after-hours, Individual Counseling Program for women raising children, soon-to-be moms, and female guardians. The program is designed to remove some barriers to seeking counseling services by providing cost-assistance, childcare, transportation, and evening and weekend appointment times. Learn more

Child-Care Assistance for ALICE Population

Funding from Children's Services Council Leon County (CSC) has allowed the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region, Inc. (ELC) to expand eligibility for Florida's School Readiness Program (SR). Now, even more families can receive financial assistance to help their children aged 0-12 receive quality child care while caregivers work, attend school, or participate in job training.

Apply Today: You can apply online by visiting, under School Readiness or call toll-free, 1-866-973-9030


Partner Resources

Catalyzing Change: Strengthening Community Capacity for Opioid Response Virtual Symposium

The Stoops Center for Communities, Families, and Children is pleased to extend an invitation to you for an innovative event where you can immerse yourself in a cutting-edge 3D virtual environment, exploring the exhibit hall and connecting with over 500 professionals across diverse disciplines in the Southeast region. Register and Learn More

Fatherhood Book Club, 1st Mondays, 6:30 pm

CSWG Women & Girls Summit: Advocacy, Resilience, & Empowerment

Join the Tallahassee-Leon Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CSWG) on Monday, April 15. Choose from an array of workshops that will elevate your understanding of the experiences of women and girls and explore next steps for cultivating an equitable community together. Get Tickets and Learn More

Fatherhood Book Club, 1st Mondays, 6:30 pm

UPHS Annual Conference

United Partners for Human Services (UPHS) invites you to join them on May 7-8 for their 2024 annual conference for excellence in nonprofit management and leadership. With four rounds of breakouts and a compelling keynote from Tallahassee native and NFL player, Corey Fuller, you will be ready to show up and "just work" to get the job done. Register and Learn More


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