A Community Improvement Initiative to Create Meaningful and Measurable Improvements for the Common Good of All in the Salina Area by 2020
April 2010 to June 2011 Sponsored and Hosted by Salina Area United Way
Project Purpose Statement
To strengthen human and social capital in the Salina area by engaging community members in a decision-making process around the topics of education, financial stability and health to achieve the following:
- Document current community assets and resources
- Identify gaps in recourses and process that are the root cause of problems that could be prevented
- Prioritize opportunities for advancing the Salina area together by combined community resource development
Initiate implementation of strategies to strategically advance the Salina area through information sharing, community education and awareness, focused volunteer efforts, coordination of community services, gifts-in-kind, fundraising and grant development for new resources.
The S.M.A.R.T. Community Improvement Goal to be achieved by June 30, 2015 by PIECE in partnership with Salina Area United Way is the following:
85% of all Saline County children entering kindergarten will have a passing score on a kindergarten readiness screen. By June 30, 2015, we expect to have closed the current school readiness gap by 50% in Saline County.
Volunteers selected Partners In Early Childhood Education (PIECE) with a fiscal intermediary of Child Advocacy and Parenting Services (CAPS) in partnership with the following organizations: Central Kansas Cooperative in Education, Central Kansas Mental Health Center, ERC DBA Child Care Aware of N.E. & N.C. Kansas, Infant Child Development, Martin Luther King Jr. Child Development Center, Salina – Saline County Health Department, Salina Child Care Association, Smoky Hill Education Service Center, Social & Rehabilitation Services (SRS), USD #305 Heartland Programs, USD #306, SE Saline Parents as Teachers, and YMCA Child Development Center