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. Additionally, BEAM successfully graduated eight participants from the program after reaching their goals. Thus far in FY 2017-18, 32 youth have been screened, assessed, and treated by the BEAM program, with a goal of 35 youth by the end of the Fiscal Year. 

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 - Child and Adolescent Hotline and Prevention Program (CAHPP) & Family Resource Centers

In FY 2016-17, the Human Services Agency (HSA) worked with StarVista to continue CAHPP, a 24/7 hotline available to parents, educators, counselors, doctors, coaches, and others in need of access to services for children ages 0-18. CAHPP aimed to facilitate early identification of behavioral, learning, and development needs and provide referrals, counseling, and follow-up services. In FY 2016-17, out of 755 calls answered, 74% of callers were provided with referrals and 33% of those referred received services (clients did not always follow through in engaging with referred services). Additionally, in FY 2016-17, 81% of the 147 children served exhibited improved social and behavioral functioning in the classroom, 16% over the target of 70%.
Beginning in FY 2017-18, CAHPP shifted to a school-based Children and Family Resource Center (CFRC) clinical services model with six therapists based at six high-needs school districts in San Mateo County. With expansion efforts to provide services in Daly City, Pacifica, Pescadero, and East Palo Alto, the Family Resource Centers similarly provide prevention and early intervention social services through HSA. Services include parent support and education groups, crisis intervention, mental health counseling, providing access to information, and spearheading advocacy efforts. 
Thus far in FY 2017-18, StarVista has served 253 children, of which 53 were referred for clinical services. Seven out of eight children met treatment plan goals and were prevented from entry in a higher level of care. Additionally, 83% of children have circumvented entry into one or more higher level of care systems within the school year, already exceeding the target of 75%. Similarly, 83% of children with treatment plans have demonstrated improvement in one or more areas of concern shown by attainment of treatment plan goal(s), already exceeding the target of 75%. 

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.
The number of children and youth participating in the Summer Learning Challenge has increased every year since the investment of Measure K funds in 2012. In 2017, 82 percent of the County's youth population - or 133,413 children and youth participated in the Summer Learning Challenge. That same year, San Mateo County Libraries alone offered 2,486 high-quality learning and literacy programs to children and youth.
Additionally, Measure K 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 2017, 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.