Community Partnerships are decision-making entities, broadly representative of a county, or multi-county, that partner with state agencies to plan, develop, finance and monitor strategies to achieve specific Core Results. Caring Communities is Missouri’s system reform initiative to achieve the Core Results through Community Partnerships.
The Core Results are: Children & Families Safe, Children & Families Health, Children Ready to Enter School, Children & Youth Succeeding in School, Youth Ready to Enter the Work Force & Become Productive Citizens, and Parents Working.
Our Strategy is to: Actively involve communities in decisions which affect their well being, Bring services closer where families live & children attend school, Use dollars more flexibly & effectively to meet the needs of the families, and Be accountable for results. The Principles of Community Partnership: Families are key to children’s success, Communities are supports for families, Good schools, supports and service build strong communities, and Economic vitality of a community is essential for good schools supports and services.
There are 20 Community Partnerships in Missouri. Washington County Community Partnership is your local Partnership. .
To promote community strengths and needs while working together to make a positive difference.
WCCP was established in 1997. A group of social service and hospital workers began a monthly lunch meeting to identify gaps in social services. They built a partnership to streamline services and avoid duplication. In 1999, the Partnership was incorporated and has been a 501(c)3 and designated as a Caring Community site since then. Of the 20 Community Partnerships that currently exist in the state of Missouri, WCCP was one of the last three to be funded to provide assessments, local capacity development and leverage resources. WCCP continues to better the quality of life for local children and their families by providing needed services, promoting awareness of community strengths and needs and collaborating with local organizations to make a positive difference.