Board Minutes: October 18, 2017: 11:00 – 11:15AM

Cowlitz County Community Network

Update for Network Board

October 18, 2017, 11:00-11:15AM


Because the Community Charter Member meeting was held on October 17 and most Network Board members participated, it was decided to provide an update for Board members and not hold a formal Board meeting. The update follows:


September 20, 2017 Meeting Minutes: All actions were completed.


Budget Update:

The Itemized Voucher amounting to $2,524.99 was presented to the Network Board for review and approval. The bills presented and approved were:


Invoice #2017 10T           Cowlitz County Treasurer – Payroll                            $2,500.00

Invoice #563-2017           Cowlitz County Purchasing Svc – August Phone  $     14.99

Invoice #5206                 MPC Digital Solutions Internet–October 2017   $     10.00


Payroll for the period September 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017 was $2,239.39, which includes the cost of the payroll and associated employer costs. Payroll processing charges were $52.57. As of September 30, 2017, the balance in the checking account used solely for payroll and payroll processing was $5,188.15.


Funding Opportunities. Letters describing the Network’s proposal, Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care, were sent to various organizations inviting them to partner with the Network in implementing the proposal. The Network has received donations from several businesses, and is invited to present information about the Network and the child care project to several service organizations. This will be discussed further at the November Board meeting.


Financial Literacy Grant:

The Network presented a training session at Lower Columbia CAP on October 16.


The Network is partnering with Lower Columbia CAP and Mint Valley Credit Union to present Money Smart for Young Adults at the Highlands Community Center. There will be an all family kick off session on November 6th and then five training sessions on Thursdays 3:00 – 4:30, beginning on November 9. A flyer is attached.


Behavioral Health Grant:

The first Program Report for the period August 24 – September 30 was approved by the Board Chair and submitted to the grantor. The Report highlights the Network’s interactions with child care providers during that period.


There has been significant interest in the training for child care providers that is being offered by the Network. The first training for child care providers will be held on October 30, 6:30pm. Union Station donated pizza for the training. The second training for child care providers will be held on Wednesday, December 6.


Community Charter Member Meeting:

The Community Charter Member meeting was well attended with 32 participants.


Victoria Cantore, Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of the Governor shared information about the newly established Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF); and the Office of Innovation, Alignment and Accountability (OIAA). The DCYF is a new WA State agency serving at-risk children and their families. It will perform the functions of the Department of Early Learning and the Children’s Administration by July 2018; Juvenile Rehabilitation which is part of the Department of Social and Health Services will join the new agency in July 2019. The goal of the DCYF is to design and put in place a system that has better outcomes for children and is more equitable, with social justice and racial equity at its very core. The OIAA will be a research arm of DCYF, gathering data, evaluating outcomes and looking at the big picture.


Eight organization representatives shared successes over the last year or information about new programs for their organizations. Participants were very interested in this information as it was important for their organization’s work.


Michael presented information about the new opportunity to continue serving children and families. Participants broke into three groups to further discuss training, sharing resources and supports for families, and how their organizations fit in, what role their organization would like to play and best practices/resiliency ideas. A separate summary of the Community Charter Member meeting is being prepared and will include the results of these group discussions.


Ilona Kerby, Executive Director of Lower Columbia CAP, mentioned that CAP has completed an extensive process to help CAP become more trauma informed. Participants were interested in this process and the possibility of learning more at a future Community Charter Member meeting.


Additional information about the items addressed above will be provided at the next Network Board meeting on November 15, 2017.

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