Florence Crittenton participates in effort to improve outcomes-based programming  

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC) and national consulting group Root Cause recently launched the Tri-County Continuous Quality Improvement Initiative to provide coaching and strengthen evidence-based results for seven local early childhood service providers.

With funding from The Duke Endowment, the initiative will take the seven participating organizations through a 12- to 15-month continuous quality improvement (CQI) process to collect, analyze and use data to improve the quality of services being delivered. Root Cause will help the providers strengthen their capacity to collect and use data and improve their programs, with the ultimate goal being to increase kindergarten readiness among children in the community.

“This CQI initiative is another step being taken to strategically align with the work of the Kindergarten Readiness Network convened by the Trident United Way and sponsored by TCCC, to achieve the goal that all children are ready for kindergarten regardless of race or zip code,” said Thetyka Robinson, TCCC’s Director of Facilitation.

The organizations selected to participate in the CQI initiative are Communities in Schools Charleston; Father to Father, Inc.; Berkeley County First Steps; Charleston County First Steps; Dorchester County First Steps; Florence Crittenton; and PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy) Charleston. These organizations provide services in planned and well-timed pregnancies, healthy births, on-track development, school readiness by kindergarten and success by third grade, as well as other services. The programs directly serve families in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and two other counties in South Carolina.

The goals of the CQI initiative are to help childhood service organizations build capacity to collect and use data in ways that go beyond compliance with funder requirements or other external performance standards; be intentional about clarity of vision, goals, and measurement; improve communication within and across teams; and create a culture that fosters learning and a spirit of inquiry.

Prospective Board Member Open House

We’re seeking dynamic leaders to serve on our board for the 2020-2023 term. Join us for an open house to learn about board openings, tour our facility, and meet current board members and leadership!

Prospective Board Member Open House
Thursday, October 24 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
19 Saint Margaret Street, Charleston, SC 29403

For more than 120 years, FCP has been serving one of the most vulnerable populations in South Carolina: pregnant/parenting girls and at-risk young women. Last year, we provided safe housing, educational services, career development opportunities, and life skills training to more than 80 young women. The next several years promise to be exciting ones as we expand programming to meet the changing needs of our clients. The Board of Directors will play a central role in this important work.

Board Member Qualities

  • demonstrate strength in analyzing and forecasting financial information: we have major capital needs that require sound financial planning
  • have an understanding of the impacts of trauma and poverty on the community we serve
  • adhere to the non-political, non-religious focus of our work
  • approach their roles as strategic thinkers helping to guide the future of the organization and its
  • influence giving and contributions of major donors

Board Member Commitment

The board meets 6 times per year, with committee meetings in the off months. Committees include Development/Events, Executive, and Finance. Board members are expected to attend and support 3 annual special events. Board members are expected to prioritize giving to FCP and contribute generously based on their individual ability.

We believe that having directors of diverse gender, race, and ethnicity, along with varied skills and experiences, contributes to a balanced and effective Board. We strongly encourage former FCP program participants and others with a connection to our program to attend the open house.

FCP is one of 26 members of the National Crittenton organization. Member agencies work collaboratively on national research, communication, and advocacy efforts designed to improve the well-being of girls and young women through more effective policy and practices. The family of agencies have served more than 10 million people since the beginning of the Crittenton social welfare movement in 1883.

Please contact Cheryl O’Donnell with questions, codonnell@florencecrittentonsc.org.

Community Yard Sale

picture of baby clothesThe Longleaf Neighborhood in Goose Creek is hosting a community yard sale on Saturday, September 28 from 7am – 12pm.  One of the participating homes on Maypop Drive will be selling gently used baby clothes and items to benefit Florence Crittenton!  Look for the signs, get baby items at a great discount, and support a great cause!

Longleaf is located at the intersection of Liberty Hall Road and Wildberry Lane (directions)