Youth and Education

This dashboard tracks the performance of Measure K initiatives in the Youth and Education Category. Scroll through to explore how your Measure K funds are used. This page is dedicated to showing you key services provided and key performance data. 

Prevention & Early Intervention - Bi-Polar Early Assessment and Management (BEAM)

FY 2016-17 was a year of both transition and continued growth for the Felton Institute’s (d.b.a. Family Service Agency of San Francisco) BEAM program in San Mateo. During FY 2016-17, the program grew in its census (35 clients) and restructured its staffing which served to reinforce already strong service delivery and outcomes. The restructure replaced two hybrid positions with three dedicated specialty positions: Employment and Education Specialist, Family Support Specialist, and Peer Support Specialist. The result of this restructure is increased participant engagement as a result of more points of contact with staff that continued in FY 2017-18. In FY 2016-17, BEAM successfully graduated eight participants from the program after reaching their goals. In FY 2017-18, 38 youth were screened, assessed, and treated by the BEAM program, exceeding the goal of 35. 
BEAM staff work closely with participants and their families to identify and review their goals frequently. The Employment and Education Specialist works closely within the team, with outside providers, and with school staff to ensure that the optimal learning environment is in place for the accomplishment of identified academic goals in adherence to the evidence based practice of Individual Placement and Support (IPS). IPS is a very well researched and documented approach; there is a growing focus on applying the model towards school when working with young adults. BEAMs Employment and Education Specialist applies the model towards participant education goals and the entire team supports those goals through coordination and collaboration. Services include helping participants create individualized plans for educational goals.

Prevention & Early Intervention - Children & Family Resource Centers

The Children and Family Resource Centers (CFRCs) provide bilingual therapeutic services to children and their families in six (6) high-need school districts to increase the social, emotional and academic functioning of students and to prevent families from entering higher levels of care (child welfare, juvenile justice and psychiatric hospitalizations). The therapists provide individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, parent support and education services, referrals to community resources, and collaboration with school staff to identify and address community needs.   In FY 2017-18, StarVista CFRCs served 386 children, and performed over 4,700 services.  92% of identified children were prevented from entering into one or more higher level of care systems within the school year.  Similarly, 93% of children with treatment plans demonstrated improvement in one or more areas of concern shown by attainment of treatment plan goals. 

Early Learning and Care Trust Fund - The Big Lift

Based on Summer 2017 STAR (Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading) data, children who participated in Big Lift Inspiring Summers experienced an average gain of 1.5 months in their reading skills (as reported in The Big Lift Inspiring Summers Impact Report 2017, by Building Educated Readers for Life). Additionally, according to the Fall 2016 Brigance Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Data, among demographically similar children, preschoolers who participated in the Big Lift are 27% more likely to be kindergarten ready than children who do not go to preschool at all (as reported in The Big Lift Participation and School Entry Indicators, by the RAND Corporation). Additionally, compared with demographically similar children who did not go to preschool, Big Lift Preschoolers were 15% more likely to have 20 or more books in the home and 10% more likely to experience daily reading. Please refer to the following RAND report for more information:

Library Summer Learning Challenge

The Summer Learning Challenge is offered by all public libraries in the County, encouraging children and teens to read and participate in learning experiences throughout the summer by offering creative programming, and books to build home libraries.
In 2018, 90,946 children and youth participated in the Summer Learning Challenge. This year, the methodology for capturing the number of participants changed to more accurately reflect the program’s reach. However, the number of children and youth participating in the Summer Learning Challenge has continued to increase every year since the investment of Measure K funds. San Mateo County Libraries leads the Summer Learning Challenge effort among its Peninsula Library System partners, which include Burlingame Library, Daly City Library, Menlo Park Library, Redwood City Public Library, San Bruno Library, San Mateo Public Library and South San Francisco Library.  Measure K also supports a youth employment program that provides high school students with work experience and supports libraries' efforts to reach more children with the Summer Learning Challenge; in summer 2018, the program employed 50 teens.
This innovative effort to eliminate summer learning loss, especially among low-income youth, and maintain the educational momentum of the school year was honored with a National Association of Counties 2016 Achievement Award.

Shared Vision 2025

Shared Vision 2025 reflects the goals and priorities for the San Mateo County community as expressed during a series of public meetings and surveys. 
Our "Shared Vision" is a community that is healthy and safe, livable, prosperous, environmentally conscious and collaborative. The Board of Supervisors invests Measure K funds to further that vision.