The Board of Children’s Services will hold focus groups throughout Leon County

The Leon County Board of Children’s Services will host eight focus groups for families and two groups for children to gather information from parents, their children and caregivers to create the needs assessment for the advice.

Focus groups will be held with community providers to learn what it is like to raise a family in Tallahassee.

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Parents and children interested in joining a focus group can complete an application on the CSC website. One event will be in Spanish. Participating parents will receive a $50 gift card and benefit from daycare during the event. Sessions are limited to 15 people and a waiting list will be created if necessary.

The discussion groups are:

  • January 18 at 6:30 p.m.: Lake Jackson (Canopy Oaks Elementary School, 3250 Point View Drive).
  • January 19 at 6 p.m.: Southside (Nims Middle School, 723 W Orange Ave.).
  • January 20 at 6 p.m.: Woodville (library branch, 8000 Old Woodville Road).
  • January 22 at 9 a.m.: Westside (The LIFE Center, 3333 Pensacola St. Suite 140).
  • January 22 at 10:30 a.m.: Killearn/Bradfordville (Library Branch, 5513 Thomasville Road).
  • January 22 at 1:30 p.m.: Greater Frenchtown (near or at the Springfield Community Center, 1702 Joe Louis St.).
  • January 23 at 12:00 p.m.: 5F Farm Event Center (8583 Salem Road, Quincy. Spaniards only).
  • January 24 at 6 p.m.: Eastside (near or at Lincoln High School, 3838 Trojan Trail).

High school students can register for one of two focus groups and will receive a $50 gift card and a meal.

  • January 22 at 11 a.m.: Westside (The LIFE Center, 3333 Pensacola St. Suite 140).
  • January 24 at 6 p.m.: Eastside (Governor’s Charter Academy, 4351 Mahan Drive).

Parents and young people who cannot participate in any of the focus groups or who have been put on a waiting list can still participate in the needs assessment process by completing a survey, available in English and Spanish on the website. CSC website.

Members of the general community are also invited to complete the survey: ‘This provides the opportunity for any resident, regardless of parent or caregiver status, to participate,’ said Holly McPhail, acting operations manager. advice.

Beginning in 2021, Leon County residents voted to pay an annual property tax of $37.50 per $100,000 of assessed property value to generate more than $7 million for the work of the new organization in the fight against problems such as poverty and child hunger. As of December, the council had about $1.7 million on hand since the tax began.

Contact Ana Goñi-Lessan at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @goni_lessan.

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