Board Minutes 5/18/21

Cowlitz Community Network Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 11:30 – 1:00PM


Present: Michael O’Neill, Gabby Meador, Jeane Conrad, Corie Dow-Cramer, Jill Groves Staff: Amber Rosewood

Introductions and Icebreaker

Michael welcomed attendees and thanked everyone for their participation, and Gabby led an icebreaker.

Additions to Agenda

There were no additions to the agenda.


The April Board meeting minutes were sent to members for their review prior to the meeting. Motion to approve the April 20, 2021 Board meeting minutes as presented (Corie), second (Jill). The motion carried.

Grant Status Reports

Cowlitz County Health & Human Services Financial Literacy Grant                           $10,000

Financial Literacy Training | Jul 1, 2020 – Jun 30, 2021      

Current Request: $432.00 | Remaining Balance: $2,910.00

Financial Literacy funding is for training at-risk youth and financially vulnerable families. Training topics are geared to the audience and may include Bank on It, Setting Financial Goals, Borrowing Basics, Saving, etc. Financial Literacy content is included in the monthly newsletter to stakeholders include lessons for children and information on budgeting and credit for adults. The Network is offering virtual learning sessions with our community partners over the summer. We have built out our online resources, pre-scheduled financial literacy resources to our social media accounts and drafted newsletters containing financial literacy links and trainings.

Cowlitz County Health & Human Services Behavioral Health Grant                           $10,800

Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care | Jul 1, 2019 – Jun 30, 2021

Current Request: $1,008 | Remaining Balance: $ 4,261.30

Behavioral Health funding provides technical assistance and training for childcare providers who serve children with challenging behavioral needs and support for families. CCN Behavioral Health emails to stakeholders including a connection to local learning opportunities and behavioral health evidence-based information and resources. The Network is providing STARS Hours eligible virtual training events on June 22nd and June 29th.

WA Department of Commerce/Seattle Foundation Child Care Partnership Grant     $60,000

Child Care Access Report | Sep 23, 2020 – Jun 30, 2021

Current Request: $7,516.12 | Remaining Balance: $35,938.16

This grant was awarded in the amount of $30,000 in reimbursable funds from the Dept of Commerce and $30,000 in upfront funding from the Seattle Foundation. Monthly invoices reflect the split in funding. Child Care Partnership funding CCN supports local partnerships to develop action plans that stabilize and expand child care capacity. The project funds the supplemental work of the Cowlitz Community Charter as outlined in the 2020 Annual Agenda and Objectives. The Network is currently working with contracted partners on the CCPG for survey collection, family engagement, developing the child care access report and outreach and advocacy. The Network and project partners will host focus groups in June and release the results of the Child Care Family Survey.

Old Business

A board retreat will be scheduled for July. Charlie, Corie and Gabby will connect with Michael to begin planning. Anyone else interested in helping with the agenda should contact Michael.

The next Cowlitz Community Charter Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 10th at 1pm to share the summary and Child Care Family Survey results with members.

New Business

Financial Report

The Funds Status Report and Expense Report were sent to members for their review prior to the meeting. Motion to approve the May 2021 Expense Report as presented (Charlie), second (Corie). The motion carried.

April Expenses

Cowlitz County Treasurer                      Payroll Transfer                                     $  3,000.00

ADP                                                     Payroll                                                  $  3,399.53

ADP                                                     Payroll Fees                                         $       57.66

Survey Monkey                                     Subscription                                         $     107.02

Zoom                                                    Subscription                                         $       16.20

Boast                                                   Subscription                                         $       49.00

Canva                                                  Subscription                                         $       12.95

Supplies & Mileage                               Amber Rosewood/Staples/USPS           $     183.08

CCPG Advertising                                Facebook/CRR                                     $     790.72

CCPG Incentives                                  Gift Cards                                             $     300.00

CCPG Subcontractors                           Contracts                                             $  5,000.00

Account Balances

Red Canoe Savings                                                                                          $        10.16

Red Canoe Checking                                                                                        $   5,302.29

Cowlitz County Treasurer                                                                                  $ 76,674.83

Upcoming Community Events

Youth and Family Link will participate in the upcoming Fill the Canoe event in partnership with Red Canoe Credit Union in Castle Rock, Woodland and Longview/Kelso.

The Longview School District will hold a session about the Eviction Moratorium on June 10th.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 11:30am-1pm