A community where children are the highest priority.
The Children's Movement of Fresno's mission is to inform and support individuals and business, community and government leaders in Fresno County to make the well-being and education of children a priority in every decision.
Our Guiding Principles
The Children’s Movement of Fresno believes that the well-being and education of our children in Fresno County must be the highest priority of government, business, non-profit institutions and families. The economic future of our county and the stability of the communities we live in depend on achieving this goal.
State of Our Children
Each year since 2011, those interested in the status of children in Fresno County are invited to attend a breakfast. A national speaker provides insight on a particular focus and current relevant data is shared to the approximately 400 attendees. It reminds us all to keep the wellbeing of children at the forefront of our civic agenda.
This year’s breakfast is scheduled for September 3, 2015. More information will be announced soon.
A place to learn, connect, and meet as cross-sector teams, Action Forums are held about every six weeks to further the Children’s Agenda. TCM Action Forum workgroups are currently oriented around the three pillars of the Grade Level Reading campaign: School Readiness, Summer Learning, and School Attendance. Workgroups utilize data to help define the problem, develop baselines and goals for improvement and for continuous improvement. They use the Human Centered Design Cycle to understand the end user’s needs on a deeper level in order to develop strategies and prototypes for testing. Incorporating continuous improvement methods with the testing is currently in development.
Workgroups with charters and action plans are underway. The currently active workgroups are:
- School Readiness-Health: Vision/Dental/Health Screenings
- School Readiness-Literacy: Talking is Teaching
- School Readiness: Early Developmental Screenings
- School Readiness: Kindergarten Student Entrance Profile (KSEP)
- Summer Learning
- School Attendance
To date, more than 265 individuals representing 95 organizations across ten unique sectors have been involved in the Action Forums.
The first summit in 2013 included three presentations on three main areas of the Children Agenda, each with a key indicator to address collectively: 1) Infant Mortality; 2) Third Grade Reading Levels; and 3) High School Graduation Rates. Each group presented their rationale and the 338 attendees selected in a close vote to focus first on third grade reading levels. From that collective decision the Action Forums were established to address action in alignment across sectors. The 2014 Children’s Summit presented progress of the workgroups in November, with Ralph Smith, Annie E. Casey Foundation Senior Vice President and Managing Director of The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, presenting a Pacesetter award for 2014.