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CORE Collaborative Grants

Our CORE Collaborative Grants provide support for groups of multiple cross-sector partners with shared action plans focused on long-term solutions for children birth to age 8 and their families with low income.

This strategy utilizes two promising national models—the 2-Generational Approach, and a Collective Impact framework that places families at the center of services, fundamentally shifting the conversation around poverty from single programs to collaborative, cross-sector partnerships. These cross-sector Collaboratives will promote five components through this approach: early childhood education, postsecondary and employment pathways, economic assets, social capital, and health and well-being.

While this type of work is important for all families, we particularly support collaborations that are intentionally working to address disparities among underserved communities, including people of color.

Seventy percent of our CORE Fund was allocated to Collaborative CORE grants. These grants were awarded to Collaboratives focused on young children (birth to age eight, including prenatal) and their families with low income using the conditions of Collective Impact and a 2-Generational Approach. CORE grants are 3-year investments that began in January 2018.

All funding decisions were made by volunteers who also helped refine our investment focus. Grants were available to public and nonprofit organizations that met the minimum standards for eligibility and submitted all required eligibility documentation.
 

CONTACT
Any questions related to our CORE Collaboratives Grant investments or future grant opportunities should be directed to Lark Kesterke, Director of Impact and Investments, at lark.kesterke@uwsc.org or 425.374.5506.
 
 
 
 

 

Casino Road Opportunity For All
The Casino Road Opportunity For All Collaborative serves families in the greater Casino Road community, home to the highest concentration of poverty in Snohomish County. This Collaborative partners with families with children, primarily immigrant and refugee families; many of whom are non-English speaking. As a component of the broader Casino Road Initiative, the vision for this collaboration is to utilize a community hub approach where the conditions for family success are co-located, ensuring pathways out of poverty are available in the Casino Road community.
 
Collaborative Partners
  • YMCA of Snohomish County
  • Community Health Center of Snohomish County
  • Seattle Goodwill Industries
  • Casa Latina
  • Casino Road Initiative
  • ChildStrive
  • Mukilteo School District
  • Everett Community College
  • United Way of Snohomish County
Current or Proposed Strategies
  • Post-Secondary & Employment Pathways: Casino Road Academy—providing adult education in the areas of English language acquisition, GED completion, and preparation for community college courses
  • Social Capital: Deepening the impacts of current peer support groups such as Madres Sin Fronteras, Madres Latinas, Embajadores, and Coffee Moms
  • Early Childhood Education: Still in development
  • Economic Assets: Still in development
  • Health & Well-Being: Still in development
Anticipated Outcomes
  1. Child is ready for school and takes charge of his/her learning.
  2. Parent becomes a more powerful learning partner and is motivated to pursue postsecondary learning.
  3. Parent health and mental health is strengthened.
  4. Family empowered and stable.
  5. Family is connected with economic, social and/or other supports.

 

Homeward House
The Homeward House Collaborative came about in response to the opioid epidemic in Snohomish County and its impact. Homeward House serves parents and children, predominantly drug affected infants, with active dependency cases (an active dependency case refers to a civic case based on allegations of abuse, abandonment or neglect of a child). This Collaborative will partner with families to provide individualized services and visitation, including parent ally mentoring and interactive parenting education. The vision for this collaboration is to create a single point of service that ensures parents in treatment have appropriate access and support to bond with their children as a standard of recovery. Homeward House believes that this model will create the conditions for family success, reducing the long-term impacts of early trauma and ensuring pathways out of poverty are available to families faced with addiction and seeking reunification with their children. 
 
Collaborative Partners
  • YWCA Seattle ǀ King ǀ Snohomish
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Center for Human Services
  • Providence Family Maternity Center
  • Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington
  • YWCA- Shelter Plus Care & Project Reunite
  • Catholic Community Services
  • Snohomish County Superior Court, Family & Juvenile Court
    Improvement Program, Denney Juvenile Justice Center (DJJC)
  • Sherwood Community Services
  • Domestic Violence Services
  • Table of Ten & Superior Court Judges
  • ChildStrive
  • DSHS-Children’s Administration
  • Early Intervention Program
  • Housing Hope
  • Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence University of Washington
  • Bridgeways-Employment Services
  • United Way of Snohomish County

Current or Proposed Strategies

  • Post-Secondary & Employment Pathways: Providing case management for parents, including connecting them with education and employment opportunities.
  • Social Capital: Incorporating current support group models into visitation center such as parent mentoring through Parent to Parent; bridging systems to increase access to the Family & Juvenile Court Improvement Program’s Unified Family Court.
  • Early Childhood Education: Building from initial early intervention services, model will focus on bonding and attachment with parenting education such as Parents as Teachers, Promoting First Relationships, and Circle of Security Parenting.
  • Economic Assets: Still in development.
  • Health & Well-being: Having on-site counselors to provide mental health support, as needed. Additional components still in development.

Anticipated Outcomes

  1. Child physical and emotional health develops appropriately.
  2. Parent is motivated to climb career ladder.
  3. Family empowered and stable.
  4. Family is connected with economic, social, and/or other supports.
  5. Family: Educational success becomes a core family value.

 

Improving School Attendance for Homeless Families
Improving School Attendance for Homeless Families seeks to reduce intergenerational poverty by improving educational outcomes for homeless children and their caregivers. This Collaborative will give families the tools, knowledge, and resources to ensure children’s regular school attendance during times of instability. Improving School Attendance for Homeless Families aims to strengthen families so that caregivers and children can support and motivate each other to succeed in school, explore career pathways, and achieve success -- ensuring pathways out of poverty are available for families experiencing homelessness.
 
Collaborative Partners
  • Housing Hope
  • Providence Institute for Health
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Amerigroup Washington
  • YWCA
  • Interfaith Family Shelter
  • Everett Gospel Mission
  • Domestic Violence Services
  • Parent Trust for Washington Children
  • Homage Senior Services
  • College of Hope
  • Everett Public Schools
  • ChildStrive
  • Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Workforce Snohomish
  • Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest
  • HopeWorks
  • Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition
  • YMCA
  • Volunteers of America – Western Washington
  • Everett Police Department
  • United Way of Snohomish County

Current or Proposed Strategies

  • Post-Secondary & Employment Pathways: Adult Education and Employment Specialists will create individualized education and career plans with caregivers and provide navigation and coaching.
  • Social Capital: Caregiver and children support groups will be initiated using the Circle of Parents curriculum. Other family engagement activities will be held in the schools and in the shelters. Life skills and parenting classes will be offered, which will include transportation, a meal, and childcare.
  • Early Childhood Education: Child Family Advocates will bridge the gap between caregivers and schools to resolve barriers to accessing free educational services and ensuring elementary school attendance. Children will be assisgned community mentors to be “buddies” at lunch time, recess, or other school programming.
  • Economic Assets: Child Family Advocates and Housing Navigators will work together to stablize and maintain housing for families.
  • Health & Well-being: Memberships to health and wellness providors, such as the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club, will be paid for by the Collaborative. YMCA has offered individually designed health and wellness plans designed by personal trainers. Providence Institute for Health will provide assistance in creating our program evaluation tool, the Health and Well-Being Monitor, with tailored questions to measure our indicators.

Anticipated Outcomes

  1. Child is ready for school and takes charge of his/her learning.
  2. Caregiver is motivated to climb career ladder.
  3. Caregiver health and mental health is strengthened.
  4. Caregiver improves emotional capacity and parenting skills to ensure they and their children can successfully navigate society.
  5. Family is empowered and stable.

 

Making Life Work
Making Life Work believes that by combining three promising models—Collective Impact, Aspen’s Two-Generational Approach, and EMPath's Mobility Mentoring Model—families with young children in the Stanwood-Camano area will have the community conditions needed to escape poverty and become stable and self-sufficient. This will happen by integrating services of partners into a single, seamless, comprehensive program that removes barriers and creates opportunities for family success.
 
Shared Vision for Families
  • Families have the vision, confidence, and ability to transform their lives and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
  • Children are imbued with intellectual curiosity and a life-long aspiration to learn. They are equipped to attain educational success.
  • Families are socially adept and emotionally mature, able to develop and maintain a healthy network of supportive social and professional relationships.
  • Families have the motivation, knowledge, and means to actively maintain a lifestyle that incorporates physical and emotional well-being.

Shared Vision for Community

  • All community members are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of personal limitations.
  • A culture of philanthropy permeates the community.
  • Neighbors help neighbors as a matter of course.
  • Youth are supported and enabled to reach their full potential.
  • Opportunities abound that enrich lives and create a healthy, happy, supportive environment for all.
Collaborative Partners
  • Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation
  • YMCA (Stanwood-Camano Branch)
  • Safe Harbor Free Clinic
  • North County Regional Fire Authority
  • Northwest Incident Support
  • Camano Island Fire & Rescue
  • Stanwood-Camano Food Bank
  • City of Stanwood
  • Coastal Community Bank
  • Housing Hope
  • Stanwood Community & Senior Center
  • YouthNet
  • Hope Unlimited
  • Stanwood-Camano School District
  • ECEAP (Josephine Caring Community)
  • Stanwood-Camano Rotary
  • Community Resource Center
  • Sno-Isle Libraries (Stanwood & Camano Branches)
  • Village Community Services
  • United Way of Snohomish County

Current or Proposed Strategies

Domain pathways will be customized to each family based on where that family is at and what is needed to achieve the target outcomes. Given this tailored approach, family plans could include one or more of outcomes in these areas:

  • Post-Secondary & Employment Pathways
  • Social Capital
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economic Assets
  • Health & Well-being

Anticipated Outcomes

  1. Child physical and emotional health develops appropriately.
  2. Child is ready for school and takes charge of his/her learning.
  3. Parent is motivated to climb career ladder.
  4. Family is empowered and stable.
  5. Family is connected with economic, social and/or other supports.

 

North Counties' Community Collaborative
North Counties' Community Collaborative seeks to reduce intergenerational poverty in the Darrington School District by improving access to employment, health, and education. NCCC believes that by collaborating across systems, including non-traditional partners like private industry and state government, the community can provide the conditions needed to decrease isolation and ensure families have the opportunities needed to escape poverty.
 
Collaborative Partners
  • North Counties' Family Services
  • Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
  • Darrington Pharmacy
  • Darrington Family Dental
  • Providence Health & Services/Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse
  • Darrington Clinic
  • Darrington Strong (Darrington’s Local Business Association)
  • Coastal Community Bank
  • Darrington Elementary & Middle Schools
  • The Arc of Snohomish County
  • Darrington Elementary
  • Sno-Isle Regional Library-Darrington Branch
  • Snohomish County – Developmental Disabilities and Early Learning Division
  • Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • Workforce Snohomish
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Darrington Internet Users Association
  • North Counties’ Family Services
  • Opportunity Council
  • United Way of Snohomish County

Current or Proposed Strategies

  • Post-Secondary & Employment Pathways: Workshops and job training provided by Goodwill, as well as employment support from Workforce Snohomish.
  • Social Capital: Monthly community dinners to allow for community members from different socio-economic classes to get to know one another and build a strong social network.
  • Early Childhood Education: ECEAP and Opportunity Council to partner to ensure high quality childcare for preschool students. Sno-Isle Library to provide childcare during family workshops.
  • Economic Assets: Banking classes and credit development classes.
  • Health & Well-being: Free and low-cost dental services for program participants and mental health support services.

Anticipated Outcomes

  1. Child is ready for school and takes charge of his/her learning.
  2. Parent is motivated to climb career ladder.
  3. Parent health and mental health is strengthened.
  4. Family is connected with economic, social, and/or other supports.
  5. Family is empowered and stable.