Treehouse Talk

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


At our last meeting...

Contract issued for Family Resource Center Management

February 20, 2024

On Tuesday, February 20, CSC Leon convened a special meeting to discuss the draft contract for Family Resource Center (FRC) Management. Councilmember Darryl Jones described the decision to move forward as doing a “common thing in an uncommon way.” Using national, evidence-based standards to guide our steps toward improving outcomes for children and families, the selected vendor, Children's Home Society of Florida, will begin the process of establishing place-based service delivery hubs to empower neighborhoods and reduce barriers like transportation and a disconnected system of care.

Learn more about this new way of doing things here.


5 listening sessions, 1 giant topic

March 01, 2024

"I can't make my child ready if I am not ready."

During the month of February, we hosted multiple family listening sessions on early childhood supports. Our goal was to determine what "kindergarten readiness" means to families and what supports are necessary to ensure early childhood success. We spoke with more than 30 families and provider and the results may surprise you.

Get the whole story here.


CSC Leon in the News

FSU Rebound and Recovery Program Participates in Children's Week at the Florida Capitol (Contributed by FSU)

With support from the Children's Services Council of Leon County and the FSU College of Social Work, the FSU Stoops Center for Communities, Families, and Children's (Stoops Center) Rebound and Recovery Program team participated in a magical spectacle known as "Storybook Village" during Children's Week 2024. This annual event transforms the Capitol Plaza into a wonderland of education and learning for children.

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Tallahassee Has a New After Hours Counseling Program for Women thanks to Oasis and CSC Leon (Contributed by FSU)

The Oasis Center for Women and Girls is now offering FREE AFTER-HOURS counseling for women raising children on their own and expectant moms. Thanks to funding received from CSC Leon, the program includes sessions with licensed therapists, supervised children's activities, and transportation, depending on location.

Learn more


Upcoming Meetings and Events

2024 Summer
Press Conference

March 19
@ 10:15 AM

Summer Youth Expo
Save the Date

March 23
10 AM - 2 PM


Partner Spotlight: First Tee

First Tee is a youth mentoring program located at Sabal Palm Community Partnership School. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, First Tee creates active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do. Learn more about this CSC Leon-funded program and more at


Family Resources

Summer Youth Expo. Want free summer camp? Join us! March 23, 10 AM, FAMU DRS

Join us for a “one-stop shop” experience to identify FREE summer enrichment camps for children, grades K-8, funded by CSC Leon. STEM, Literacy, Sports, and Arts. There is truly something for every one. Come out for family-friendly games, giveaways, summer camp scholarships, free food and music. Learn more | Find on Facebook

'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

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

Good Dads Make a Great Difference!
The T.E.A.M. Dad program is FREE and offers education, training, and support to help men become the responsible, engaged, and empowered fathers their children need them to be!

Learn more by contacting the Capital Area Healthy Start Fatherhood Program Coordinator, Kenyatta Colvin, Sr. at (850) 488-0288 ext.114 or


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