Collaboration for Community Health | Funded Partners

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Family Housing Stability and Economic Opportunity

The Family Housing Stability and Economic Opportunity Initiative will provide funding to organizations undertaking activities that keep children and families in their homes and/or foster youth and family economic stability and mobility.

Boston Housing Authority

Early Intervention Housing Stabilization Program

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Higher Ground Boston

Family-Led Stability Pilot (FLSP)
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Chinese Progressive Association

Chinatown Stabilization Project
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Family Independence Initiative (FII)

Public-private collaboration to pilot asset-based economic mobility for families

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Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation

Financial Health Matters
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Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance

Closing the Racial Homeownership Gap
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MassHousing

Tenancy Preservation Program Upstream Pilot (TPP-UP)
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City Life/Vida Urbana

Anti-Displacement Zones for Health
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Community Physical Activity, Recreation, and Food Access

The Community Physical Activity, Recreation and Food Access Initiative will provide funding to organizations conducting projects to increase youth physical activity and recreation opportunities and/or increase the access to and consumption of healthy food options.

CommonWheels Bicycle Collective

Earn-a-Bike and Gearing Up Programs
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Haley House

Roxbury Rooted: Engaging Young People to Create a New Food Culture
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Massachusetts Public Health Association

Building and Strengthening the Massachusetts Food Trust Program (MFTP)
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Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition

Healthy Mattapan Campaign
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Mayor’s Office of Food Access

Boston Eats
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Playworks New England

Boston Public School Expansion
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Sociedad Latina

Padres Comprometidos (Committed Parents)
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The Foundation for BCYF

Family Gym
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Waltham Boys & Girls Club

Youth-Led Health Initiative
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Youth Enrichment Services, Inc. (YES)

Year-Round Youth Outdoor Adventures and Sports-Based Programming
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Zero to 5 Child Health and Development

The Zero to 5 Child Health and Development Initiative will provide funding to organizations that benefit the well-being of children birth to 5 years old, including training of early childhood educators, strengthening the quality of early education and increasing access to parenting resources and support services.

Boston Basics in partnership with Families First

Elevating the Role of Parents in Optimizing Early Childhood Brain Growth Using a Cross-Sector, Neighborhood-Focused Strategy
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Boston Children's Museum

Linking with Libraries: Opportunities for Early Learning through Family and Community Engagement
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Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

Family-Centered Child Care Project
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Boston Public Schools Department of Early Childhood

Boston’s Community-Based Pre-K Needs Assessment and Comprehensive Services Project
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Family Nurturing Center

Boston Family Engagement Network Parent Leadership Project: Family Nurturing Center
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First Teacher

Total School Readiness Model
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Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation

Building Excellence in Family Child Care
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Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)

Partnership to Strengthen and Expand the IECMH Workforce in Massachusetts

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Raising a Reader MA (RAR-MA), Inc.

Reaching More, Serving Smarter
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The Community Builders

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: a Two Generation Approach to Family Success
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United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Inc.

Boston Early Childhood Shared Services Alliance
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Urban College of Boston

Children’s Health Care, Safety, and Nutrition (CHCSN) Training for Early Childhood Educators
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Special Initiatives

Healthcare for All (HCFA)

Children’s Health Policy and Advocacy Initiative

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Boston Housing Authority

Through a partnership with HomeStart, Boston Housing Authority’s program supports families with young children who are behind on rent by addressing barriers to rent payment such as transportation expenses, utility debts and job development. Their goal is to pilot an early intervention strategy to prevent evictions and stabilize tenancies for these families, and to evaluate program costs to determine the cost-effectiveness of avoiding eviction.

Higher Ground Boston

Higher Ground’s new project aims to reduce homelessness and improve educational outcomes for students in the Boston Public Schools system. Partnering with several organizations, Higher Ground will work on improving the ability to identify homeless students in schools, developing a portfolio of affordable housing to match families and providing support systems.

Chinese Progressive Association

The goal of the Chinatown Stabilization project is to preserve Chinatown as a residential neighborhood for working class immigrants. It organizes residents to advocate for affordable housing as well as provides counseling to tenants facing eviction, rent increases and unsafe housing conditions.

Family Independence Initiative (FII)

The FII-DTA Pilot is a collaboration between the State of Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), City of Boston, and FII to shift policies to support lasting economic self-sufficiency of Boston families. FII families meet in groups with staff to discuss challenges, report on their goals monthly, and connect with their peers in order to gain knowledge and build a network.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)

JPNDC aims to prevent economic insecurity from being a barrier to advancement or a predictor of future poverty by providing financial services to parents and caregivers. These services include financial counseling and coaching, connection to training, access to income supports and integrated employment services.

Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA)

MAHA’s goal is to address the declining number of families of color who want to stabilize their housing situation and purchase a home of their own. Through a partnership with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), their aim is to reduce the existing racial homeownership gap through homebuyer education, working with public sector agencies and encouraging leaders to provide affordable financing.

MassHousing

MassHousing’s Tenancy Preservation Program-Upstream (TPP-UP) is a homelessness prevention program that focuses on families with adults and/or children with disabilities. By collaborating with primary care pediatric practices and large assisted-housing providers to identify families with disabilities who are at-risk of eviction and by partnering with Bay Cove Human services to provide intensive, short-term case management and stabilization services, it hopes to address the underlying issues threatening these families’ tenancies and prevent them from becoming homeless.

City Life/Vida Urbana

City Life/Vida Urbana’s Anti-Displacement Zones for Health project aims to prevent evictions and stabilize housing for low-income families through public advocacy, legal advice and rights education. It will also work with nonprofit developers to convert buildings into long-term affordable, community-controlled homes.

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CommonWheels Bicycle Collective

The Earn-a-Bike and Gearing Up programs will encourage youth and teen bike riders of all experience levels and backgrounds to learn how to ride and repair their own bikes, become confident and safe urban cyclists, and discover new places and experiences on two wheels. Their mission is to use the bicycle as a tool to empower all people to become more self-reliant, healthy, and connected to their community.

Haley House

This project will support a partnership with Hawthorne Youth Community Center to provide opportunities for young adults and their families to grow, cook, and share food in the Roxbury community. The project will include a leadership program to train youth food ambassadors, a cooking and nutrition program at Haley House Bakery Café, two community meals programs, and the creation of urban farming and community gardens.

Massachusetts Public Health Association

This project will enhance, strengthen, and leverage ongoing work to increase access to healthy foods in low- and moderate- income communities in Boston and across Massachusetts. It aims to secure funding through advocacy and develop a strong program structure and reputation for the MFTP as the recognized financing source for healthy food enterprises in these communities.

Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition

The Healthy Mattapan Campaign will engage Mattapan residents around a series that promotes healthy food options, nutrition education, and moving and walking activities in the community. Its goals are to increase the healthy food consumption of Mattapan residents by promoting the use of community gardens, the Farmers Market and youth run Farm Stand, and increase regular physical activity through the promotion of seasonal activity programs.

Mayor’s Office of Food Access

The Mayor’s Office of Food Access has a goal of creating a more food secure community with a vibrant, inclusive food culture. The Boston Eats program will increase access to healthy food for children in households facing food insecurity and struggling with adequate food access. It will also support community partners to build capacity to offer sustainable summer and afterschool meal programs.

Playworks New England

Playworks uses the power of play to increase physical activity and provide productive recreational opportunities for kids within schools, both during recess and after school hours. They aim to increase their reach to ten additional Boston Public Schools in order to bring activities such as youth sports leagues and active recess games to a larger number of high-needs students.

Sociedad Latina

Padres Comprometidos (Committed Parents) connects low-income Latino, Spanish-speaking and immigrant families with health and wellness learning opportunities that focus on nutrition and fitness. It offers special events as well as a workshop series focused on smart nutrition, physical activity and stress relief, and screen time. The ultimate goal is to provide parents with knowledge and skills to support healthy young children.

The Foundation for BCYF

Family Gym is a free, weekly play program that promotes physical activity for children ages 3-8 and their families, preventing childhood obesity and encouraging a healthy lifestyle in neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and low-access to safe, accessible play areas. The main goals of this project are to expand the Family Gym program to additional BCYF community centers and to develop a more robust nutrition education component.

Waltham Boys & Girls Club

Waltham Boys & Girls Club is proposing a youth-led campaign that will focus on improving healthy lifestyles of young people. The group will promote physical activities, nutritional programs, and coping skill-building workshops throughout the community. They hope to allow youth to compare community needs with current program opportunities, evaluate existing programs, and identify opportunities for creating new services.

Youth Enrichment Services, Inc. (YES)

YES plans to build upon its existing year-round, low/no cost, active outdoor adventures and sports-based youth development programming to increase participation by under-resourced youth. They hope to engage more of these youth in activities such as skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, and more in order to help Boston youth overcome inequities to health and well-being.

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Boston Children’s Museum

Linking Libraries will engage libraries and their community partners to strengthen parent/caregivers’ ability to support infant and young children’s development through education and supports. The project seeks to expand capacity for librarians and partners to offer informal free early learning activities that build school readiness skills with a focus on literacy.

Boston Public Schools Department of Early Childhood

The Boston Public Schools will conduct a needs assessment to clarify what non-academic services and supports community-based Pre-K programs need in order to better 1) support families and 2) increase the quality of their early child care. The results of the needs assessment will direct the next steps in the project in years 2 and 3.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)

Through their new project, BCNC will maximize the physical, cognitive, and behavioral development of children from low-income immigrant families. They will do so through improved family supports and skills training, professional development training to increase knowledge of social/emotional health, and increased staff capacity. Their ultimate aim is to improve the social and emotional learning of young children through improved training of the immigrant early child care workforce.

Family Nurturing Center

As an organization in the Boston Family Engagement Network, Family Nurturing Center helps to coordinate families’ access to programs and services that benefit their children’s healthy growth and development. Parents and providers will co-create a training curriculum (particularly in the area of children’s social-emotional health), standards of practice, and coaching to support parents in their personal and leadership goals.

First Teacher

First Teacher (FT) plans to partner with families in Roxbury BPS schools to ensure all parents and caregivers are supported and all children are school- and world- ready. FT parents create their own cohorts in order to build participation in workshops focused on parenting skills, playdates focused on building social-emotional skills, and summer programming for the whole family. This will allow for parents to learn from each other, preparing their children for kindergarten and beyond.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)

Through its Family Child Care Program, JPNDC seeks to serve children from low-income families who are impacted by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequities. Its system of home-based educators not only provides high-quality early education and care, but also screens the children for developmental progress, making sure they are either meeting developmental milestones or being referred to needed services.

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)

Through a partnership with the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health, MSPCC will develop the infrastructure to strengthen and professionalize the field of infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH). They aim to establish a four-level professional designation process, create access to experts, and establish a training hub for IECMH professionals.

Raising a Reader MA (RAR-MA), Inc.

RAR-MA aims to close the literacy opportunity gap among young children in high need communities by helping families develop and practice shared home reading habits. Reaching More, Serving Smarter will expand the Parent Ambassador program, which trains and certifies participants to facilitate parent workshops, grow partnerships, and build on existing evaluation systems to increase effectiveness on early literacy in Greater Boston.

Boston Basics in partnership with Families First

Boston Basics in partnership with Families First Parenting Programs will engage and support parents and the frontline staff who serve them to give children the best possible start in life. The project will benefit families by promoting cognitive and social-emotional development as well as physical and mental health in children who face significant racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequities. They will provide skill-building workshops, training for pediatrics staff at community health centers, and connections to resources such as college/career counseling.

The Community Builders (TCB)

The goal of TCB’s project is to connect young children living in low-income housing with quality early education, while also moving mothers toward educational success, financial security, and increasing self-efficacy. They plan to hire an Early Education Navigator who can enroll children in quality early care, provide supports like coaching and transportation to ensure parents are prepared for employment, work with families to prevent housing instability, and more.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Inc.

Boston Early Childhood Shared Services Alliance is a group of early education providers supported by United Way and UMass Boston to ensure the financial stability of providers serving low-income children. They offer coaching, convening, and access to tools and resources to save time and money and strengthen quality. By providing training on small business management and forming a collection of students to work as substitute teachers, they will increase the availability of child care for vulnerable families.

Urban College of Boston

Urban College of Boston plans to collaborate with partners in early childhood education and health sectors to launch a Child Health Care, Safety, and Nutrition (CHCSN) certificate program, specifically focusing on those who teach low income children; in Spanish or Mandarin; and/or in a family child care setting. Their goal is improve the health and well-being of children by increasing early childhood educators’ knowledge about these health related topics.

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Healthcare for All (HCFA)

HCFA will build a strong consumer voice to advocate for children by providing policy and advocacy training and technical assistance to Boston Children’s Funded Partners and ensure that MassHealth Accountable Care organizations are responsive to children’s needs through monitoring, assessment, and collaboration with key stakeholders.