Written by Kathy Rowings , NACo Program Manager.
Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. (Third Sector), a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund's Pay for Success program , announced today the selection of seven awardees four of which are counties to receive federally funded technical assistance to assess the feasibility of implementing Pay for Success (PFS). Awardees (referred to as "Sub-Recipients") have demonstrated commitment to funding high-quality, effective social interventions that produce measurable outcomes in the areas of early childhood education and health, child welfare, teen pregnancy and workforce development. The four county Sub-Recipients are:
Travis County/Austin, Texas , with leadership from the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department, will focus on determining the feasibility of PFS for reducing teen pregnancies among Hispanic youth and improving birth outcomes among African Americans.
Orange County, Calif. , and Bridges Network, with leadership from the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and Bridges Maternal Child Health Network, will build on previous PFS feasibility work to improve maternal and child health through early childhood universal screening and home visiting programs.
Clark County, Nev. , in partnership with the state of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas, will focus on improving school readiness and academic performance for disadvantaged children through PFS supported early childhood education programs.
Marion County, Ore., and Multnomah County, Ore. , will focus on improving school readiness and academic performance for disadvantaged children through PFS supported early childhood education programs. The state of Oregon and Friends of the Children are also Sub-Recipients in this regional grouping, focusing on preventing entry into foster care and improving outcomes for at-risk children under six and on improving academic performance and reducing justice and child welfare system involvement for high-risk youth, respectively.
"We are very pleased that counties have been selected to be part of this cutting-edge effort," said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. "Counties are at the forefront of leveraging philanthropic and other investments to improve residents' quality of life while being good stewards of taxpayers' dollars."
Other sub-recipients include Washington state, which will focus on improving school readiness and academic performance for disadvantaged children through PFS supported early childhood education programs; the Commonwealth of Virginia, which will focus on using PFS to improve pre-term and low birth weight rates through early childhood home visiting programs for at-risk mothers; and Year Up, which will focus on closing the opportunity divide and improving employment outcomes for urban young adults in multiple jurisdictions through Year Up's Professional Training Corps program.
The seven Sub-Recipients, representing the first of two cohorts that will be selected, will each receive specialized technical assistance to assess the feasibility of PFS in their communities.