DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES – HEALTH & SOCIAL
OF THIS SECTION IS TO SUPPORT THE HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION
AND THE EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT COMMISISON IN FULFILLING THEIR
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
The Health & Social Services Commission allocates funding to
non-profit organizations for essential human services.
The Early Childhood Development Commission is tasked with
furthering the quality of early care and education for children in the
Borough. This section provides administrative support to both
Commissions, provides information so both Commissions can make informed
decisions, and administers grant funds pertinent to both, such as the
Human Services Community Matching Grant, the Match Assistance Grant and
the Best Beginnings Early Childhood Partnership Grant.
Major Long-Term Issues and Concerns
The Human Services Community Matching Grant program provides essential
human services and reaches over 30,000 local residents each year.
Demonstrated need and exceptional efficiencies highlight the
importance of this grant program.
Support for consistent state funding is needed to avoid
reductions in services “whose unavailability would subject persons
needing the services to serious mental or physical hardship.”
Only 53% of children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed in school,
according to a 2009 survey of local kindergarten and first grade
teachers. This impacts
schools and the community at large.
Quality early learning environments – in and out of the home -
for all young children reduce long-term costs and improve life outcomes.
for FY 2012
to assist the Health & Social Services Commission in their work by:
Supporting the grant
allocation and monitoring process;
information on community needs and the impact of the grants;
to assist the Early Childhood Development Commission in their work by:
Supporting Commission projects, including the Early Childhood
Partnership, FairbanksFamilies.org and the Family Friendly Workplace
the Best Beginnings grant and related projects;
Compiling information on community needs and resources;
Supporting Commission meetings.
Significant Budget Changes
The FY 2012 budget reflects the change in division operations, reducing
the FTE from 2 part time to 1 FTE.
The Best Beginnings Early Childhood Partnership grant is shown in
this section, as it is expected to be recurring.
Supported the Health & Social Services Commission (HSSC).
Human Services Community Matching Grants and Match Assistance Grants.
Supported the Early Childhood Development Commission (ECDC).
Managed the ECDC Family Friendly Workplace Awards.
the ECDC-Best Beginnings Partnership Grant.