Putting St. Louis County Children First Since 2008.
An independent needs assessment was commissioned, which provided the data St. Louis County voters needed to support the initiative. Using Missouri State Statutes RSMo 67.1775 and 210.861, which allowed local communities to create a community children’s service fund for 10 specific behavioral health service areas through a referendum, the St. Louis County Putting Kids First Campaign was launched in 2008.
Putting Kids First, also known as Proposition 1, passed on November 4, 2008, with approval from a resounding 62 percent of St. Louis County voters.
Today, St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (CSF) is the largest children’s service fund in the state of Missouri, generating approximately $45 million annually through a quarter-cent sales tax.
Missouri residents identify the need for mental health and substance use prevention services for children and youth. Missouri law, statue 67.1775, authorizes the use of local sales tax to establish a children’s service fund.
Members of St. Louis County nonprofit community joined together to create the Putting Kids First Campaign
Proposition 1, known as Putting Kids First, is approved by 62% vote, creating the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund and designating a quarter-cent sales tax to be put towards children’s mental and behavioral health and substance use prevention and intervention services.
County Executive Charlie Dooley appoints the CSF Board of Directors.
Michael Yarbrough elected as the first CSF Board Chair In October.
Catherine Tansey appointed as executive director.
CSF assembles it’s team.
CSF offices open
First Core Funding Cycle Allocation, distributing $35 million to 44 agencies over 18 months.
Youth Connection Helpline established
Safe Place Program established
Terry Crow Is elected CSF Board Chair In April
Second round of Core Funding – distributing $38 million to 48 agencies over 2 year period
Entered partnership with Nine Network to launch Youth At-Risk initiative, a televised town hall
Julie Leicht appointed as interim executive director
Over $44 million allocated to 54 agencies
Youth Needs Assessment completed
CSF Board authorized a 2-year funding cycle for Core
Core Funding Cycle allocates $97 million to 60 agencies over 2 years
CSF Board adopts a standardized unit-rate structure for agency reimbursement
CSF adds two new funding opportunities
Discovery Funding Cycle: $4.4 million to 25 agencies for 1 year period
Launch Funding Cycle: $1.5 million to 8 agencies for 1 year period
CSF forms an Outreach Council, a CSF led group made up of communication and outreach coordinators from partner agencies, government entities, and local nonprofits, that meet quarterly. The focus of the Council Is to discuss trends, challenges, and best practices for how to engage the community and deliver messaging regarding agencies and their programming.
Connie J. Cunningham appointed as executive director
CSF adds new funding opportunity: Expanding Opportunities $1,015,753 to 14 agencies for 1 year period
Core Funding Opportunity allocates $102 million to 61 agencies over 2 years
CSF Board approves $1.5 million for Innovation Funding Opportunity for 18 month period.
Youth Needs Assessment completed
CSF hosts School to Prison Pipeline Symposium
Patti Kelley elected as CSF Board Chair In January
Emily Koenig appointed acting executive director
Core Funding Opportunity allocates $85 million to 62 agencies for 2 year period
Strategic Planning Begins
CSF forms the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) as a voluntary committee comprised of professionals In the community that have experience and expertise In children’s behavioral health services.
CSF Board approves moving Core from a calendar year schedule to align with school district’s academic calendar – 2018-19 Core becomes a 2.5 year allocation period
Dr. Randall Sterkel elected as CSF Board Chair In September
CSF forms the School Based Advisory Committee (SBAC), which Is comprised of representatives of St. Louis County school district, CSF partner agencies that provide school-based services, and other educational stakeholders.
CSF celebrates 10-year anniversary and has allocated over $400 million
3 Year Strategic Plan implemented
Core Funding Opportunity allocates $108 million to 64 agencies for 2.5 year period
COVID-19, a global pandemic hits St. Louis and causes CSF to shift focus from strategic plan to assisting partners and residents with immediate needs
CSF Board approves Emergency Funding In response to needs created by the Covid-19 global pandemic and provides $250,000 to 20 agencies to address Immediate needs
CSF assists St. Louis County with distribution of $30 CARES Act funds
CSF implements new grants management system as part of the strategic plan
CSF Board approves a second round of Emergency Funding In response to the ongoing global pandemic, allocating $1 million to 17 agencies for a 1-year period
CSF Board approves new funding cycle: Grassroots Funding Opportunity, which allocates $2 million to 19 agencies for 2 year period
CSF holds first virtual Suicide Prevention Training and has over 200 participants
CSF Board approves extending 2020-2022 Core contracts to 2023 as a response to barriers experienced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
CSF Board approves 3-year Core funding cycles
CSF enters in partnership with St. Louis County Public Library for Community Resource Initiative, which embeds social workers at 5 library branches.
Emily Koenig appointed executive director
CSF Board approves second Grassroots Funding Opportunity beginning In 2023 and lasting for a 2 year period.
CSF holds second virtual suicide prevention training and has over 300 participants.
CSF launches new brand In alignment with the strategic plan
CSF launches new website In alignment with the strategic plan
CSF embarks on equity Initiative In alignment with the strategic plan
CSF hosts WellEducator STL Conference and Fair to support educators and support staff in the region
Since our first allocation in 2010, we have invested more than $450 million in local nonprofits and governmental agencies to provide behavioral health services for children and youth in St. Louis County. Through collaboration and partnership, we at CSF work to ensure kids have the support and resources they need to achieve their potential.