Community Partnerships are decision-making entities, broadly representative of a county, or multi-county, that partner with state agencies to plan, develop, finance and monitor strategies to achieve specific Core Results;
1. Safe and Healthy Children
2. Children Ready to Enter School
3. Success in School
4. Youth Ready to Enter the Work Force & Become Productive Citizens
5. Parents Working
Caring Communities is Missouri’s system reform initiative to achieve the Core Results through Community Partnerships.
Our Strategy is to: Actively involve communities in decisions which affect their well being. Bring services closer where families live & children attend school Use dollars more flexibly & effectively to meet the needs of the families Be accountable for results. The Principles of Community Partnership: Families are key to children’s success Communities are supports for families Good schools, supports and service build strong communities Economic vitality of a community is essential for good schools supports and services.
There are 21 Community Partnerships in Missouri. Washington County Community Partnership is your local Partnership. It is the umbrella organization for several community programs. Quitters - a smoking cessation program/class. Making Proud Choices and Becoming a Responsible Teen - Abstinence education and S.T.I. prevention education classes for teens. In the Nest - free parenting classes. Show Me Healthy Women - assistance for low-income, underinsured women for breast and cervical cancer exams. We also house MERS Goodwill which is a program for TANF recipients. We are also working with the Health Coalition for the Back-to-School Fair. Christmas for Kids