In December 2015, the First 5 Sacramento Commission was proactive in their decision to support policy, advocacy, and sustainability work. With fewer and fewer resources available to invest, efforts to ensure the sustainability of much needed programs and services for children 0 – 5 and their families became a top priority.
First 5 Sacramento’s annual operating budget will decrease drastically in the next strategic planning cycle and beyond. As a result, Policy, Advocacy and Sustainability work is necessary if the Commission is to continue to respond to community need with fewer resources.
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To support system’s change efforts the Commission created a Sustainability Committee, developed a Policy Platform, created a Policy and Advocacy Protocol and integrated sustainability planning into its strategic direction with the goal of sustaining children’s health, development, and family empowerment outcomes and the systems that promote them.
The Commission’s Sustainability Committee, established June 2016, was charged with developing a Systems Sustainability Plan (SSP) to outline ways that the Commission can act to sustain programs, services and outcomes impacting children 0 - 5 and their families. The Commissions 2018 Strategic Plan identifies several result areas as having the potential to be more sustainably impacted by a policy change or systemic improvement versus direct service investments. The SSP defines strategies for these specific result areas as well as overarching strategies that apply to all result areas. The plan includes strategies aimed to:
- Reduce costs by securing new funding for services; finding alternate ways to fund services; cost sharing; and leveraging funds.
- Engage potential funders, such as the business community and foundations, and identify shared priorities with prospective contributors.
- Build capacity and promoting more efficient use of existing resources among funded agencies.
- Create and/or supporting coordinated policy agendas with statewide and local advocacy group and legislators.
Other more general responsibilities of the Committee will include: Policy development; parent and civic engagement; coalition and network building.