Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - September 13, 2016
REVISED September 13, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #18

Children's Services Advisory Board FY 16/17 Funding Recommendations


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Cheri Coryea, Director
Community Services Department, x 3468

Action Requested

Approve Children's Services Advisory Board FY16/17 funding recommendations.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Manatee County Code 2-2-251 through 2-2-259
Resolution R-90-169
Ordinances 91-42, 94-28, 97-30, 99-30

Background Discussion

The Advisory Board recommended a budget of $12,552,112 for children’s services that included program funding at $11,198,175, and $1,535,937 for general program reserves.

Throughout the year, the Advisory Board met to investigate and gather data pertaining to needs of children, ways of meeting those needs, and solicit input for funding priorities. From March through May the Advisory Board conducted weekly meetings to complete their evaluation and recommendations to assure the County’s dedicated millage for children is allocated to meet the greatest needs.  The applications reviewed included new and previously funded programs.

As in prior years, Advisory Board recommendations are based on identified gaps in services within the community, ratings of program applications, County staff reports on program observations and contract compliance, as well as agency responses to Advisory Board questions. 

Children’s Services Advisory Board FY16/17 Recommendations Detail:

Program Funding Recommendations:  During the Advisory Board’s deliberations in May, funding for expanding, existing, and new programs were discussed.  As a result, programs were recommended for funding as follows:

Recommendations for Program Applications Meeting an Identified Gap in the Community:

Full funding at amount requested:

  • 10 existing programs

Funding at less than amount requested:

  • 1 new program – The D.L. Randall Foundation, An Uprising in the Village, a program for children of Rubonia – recommendation:  $150,000

No funding recommended:

  • 1 new program – Neighborhood Services Department Library Division, Lifelong Learner Support Program – not recommended for funding

Recommendations for Special Initiative Programs:

Full funding at amount requested:

  • Child Welfare System Advocate, a position jointly funded with Sarasota County - $40,000
  • Exchange Club Family Partnership Center, Chosen Families (92.17) for 2nd year of a 4 year adoption preservation and support initiative (RFP) - $366,500

Recommendations for Program Applications Requesting Substantial Local Match Funds:

Full funding at amount requested:

  • Centerstone of Florida, Baker Act Youth (96.26)
  • Early Learning Coalition, Early Care & Education (93.89)
  • Manatee Community Action Agency, Head Start/Early Head Start (93.26)
  • Manatee Community Action Agency, Healthy Families Manatee (93.15)

Recommendations for All Other Programs Scoring 79.03-96.10:

Full funding at amount requested:

  • 30 existing programs with scores ranging from 79.03 to 96.10
  • 1 new program – Manatee Community Action Agency, Teaching Our Toddlers (90.58)

Funding at less than amount requested:

  • 3 existing programs with scores ranging from 83.31 to 83.45

No funding recommended:

  • 5 new programs not recommended for funding with scores ranging from 70.76 to 91.07 which did not meet an Identified Gap in the Community (CSAB priorities for FY16/17)
  • 3 existing programs not recommended for continued funding with scores ranging from 58.87 to 69.30

Children’s Services Advisory Board Recommendation Summary

FY 2017 Funding Requested

Recommended Funding Distribution

Children’s Funding Meeting Identified Gap



Children’s Funding Special Initiative Programs



Children’s Funding Substantial Match Programs



General Children’s Funding Program Applications



SUBTOTAL – Children’s Programs



Program Reserves – 11%



GRAND TOTAL - Recommendations



County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records


Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
Children's Services Dedicated Millage 104.0015002

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Children's Services Funding Recommendations FY17 Final Report.pdf