• Searching for New Board Members

    Wanted: Citizens to Serve on our Board of Directors

    We are currently seeking applications from county residents to serve on the Escambia Children’s Trust oversight board. We have two seats opening due to Pastor Lonnie Wesley III and Dr. Rex Northup’s terms expiring on December 31, 2022.  

    Please help us spread the word about this exciting board leadership opportunity. The application consists of completing an application, a questionnaire for Gubernatorial Appointments, and submitting an optional resume. The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners will consider applications and forward selected applicants to the governor for consideration. The deadline is December 12. Click here to learn more and apply today! 

  • OST Grants Committee

    Announcing Grants Committee Members for the Out-of-School-Time RFP

    At its board meeting on October 11, 2022, the Escambia Children’s Trust Board of DIrectors approved the following local subject-matter experts to participate in the Grants Committee for out-of-school time proposals: Samuel R. Mathews, Ph.D.; Lynsey R. Listau, Ed.D.; Suzanne Ryals, M.Ed.; and Carmen Powe, M.Psy. Resumes and CVs for Dr. Mathews, Dr. Listau, Ms. Ryals and Ms. Powe are available in the October 11, 2022 meeting packet, beginning on page 116.

    In addition to the four citizen reviewers, four ECT Board members will serve on the OST Grants Committee, for a total of eight members. The four board members include Stephanie White, Tori Woods, Melissa Sidoti and Patty Hightower.

    Using the scoring matrix included in the OST RFP, linked below, reviewers will assess the soundness and completeness of each proposal as well as the proposer’s capacity to effectively deliver what is proposed. After individual reviewers have independently reviewed and scored proposals, the Grants Committee will convene on Monday, November 28 at 3:30 p.m. in a publicly noticed meeting to discuss each proposal and record each reviewer’s rating, including explanatory comments. Proposers may attend the public Grants Committee meeting as observers. Cumulative scores will be recorded for each proposal, and proposals will be ranked according to scores. The Grants Committee will vote on the cut-off score and the list of proposals to be recommended for funding. Consideration will also be given to factors such as effective and economical distribution of funding across Escambia County and/or in underserved geographic areas/populations in Escambia County (if applicable) to address gaps in services while preventing duplication of services.

    Important Dates

    Release of ECT RFPSeptember 14, 2022
    RFP Information SessionSeptember 21, 2022
    Proposal Submission DeadlineNovember 4, 2022
    Grants Committee MeetingNovember 28, 2022
    Funding Recommendations to ECTDecember 13, 2022
    Board Anticipated Contract Start DateJanuary 1, 2023

  • Out-of-School Time Program RFP

    Out-of-School Time Program RFP

    The Escambia Children’s Trust is committed to supporting children and youth in preparing for a bright future. In service to that commitment, the ECT is seeking to build and support strong organizations that can provide children and youth with high-quality out-of-school-time (OST) programming.

    The ECT developed the Out-of-School Time Program RFP to enable local community-based preschool, afterschool and summer learning programs to provide the foundational skills and guidance that extend beyond academics, helping develop the whole young person—cognitively, socially, and emotionally.

    There is widespread consensus that high-quality preschool, afterschool, and summer learning programs help prepare students in pre-K-12th grade for success in school, college, career, and life. ECT’s strategy aims to build on this evidence base by providing opportunities that help all students, particularly those in underserved communities, thrive and become better prepared to complete high school and go on to pursue a college degree or vocational education. The aim of this RFP is to fulfill several urgent needs identified in ECT’s 2022 needs assessment, in particular the academic and attendance indicators addressed in Theme 2: Children are Ready to Succeed in School and Life and the indicators on youth mental health, addiction and violence addressed in Theme 4: Children Have Supports to Help Them Avoid Risky Behaviors.

    Ultimately, ECT seeks to offer low-income and underserved families a range of high-quality OST programs that meet a demonstrated need for positive youth development during the critical afterschool hours, summer breaks, and other times when school is not in session, including extended day programs for preschool-aged children

    View the full RFP that includes a detailed explanation of dates, deadlines, information, and any questions that you may have about the Out-of-School Time Program. Please contact info@escambiachildrenstrust.org if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

    Important Dates

    Release of ECT RFPSeptember 14, 2022
    RFP Information SessionSeptember 21, 2022
    Proposal Submission DeadlineNovember 4, 2022
    Grants Committee MeetingNovember 18, 2022
    Funding Recommendations to ECTDecember 13, 2022
    Board Anticipated Contract Start DateJanuary 1, 2023

    Use this document as a guide to assist in developing your project budget.

  • Back to School Events

    Upcoming Back-to-School Events

    The first day of school for Escambia County is on August 10th and the community is gearing up for it. The gallery below includes details about several upcoming back-to-school celebrations to get your kids ready for success. Free food, prizes, giveaways, and a lot of back-to-school fun awaits!

  • We Want to Hear from the Providers!

    We Want to Hear from the Providers!

    The Escambia Children’s Trust is hosting a community listening session at the Pensacola State College Warrington Campus on August 16th from 8 AM to 5 PM. We are inviting local providers, teachers, and youth services leaders to share their insights from working with the children of Escambia County.

    This is an all-day event that covers multiple topics based on issues that we have discovered from our findings. The event is broken into 4 parts:
    8 AM – 10 AM: Healthy Children and Mothers
    10 AM – 12 PM: Juvenile Justice Involves Youth
    1 PM – 3 PM: Child Abuse and Neglect
    3 PM – 5 PM: Success in School and Life

    Please feel free to drop in and stay as you please! We will also host the event via a Zoom meeting, so if you are unable to attend certain parts, join us on the video call. We are looking forward to hearing from everyone!

    Register on Eventbrite or Facebook.

    The Zoom meeting will not be available until 8 AM on August 16th.

  • Public Education & Outreach Campaign RFP

    Public Education & Outreach Campaign RFP

    The Escambia Children’s Trust invites proposals for the creative development and placement of print, video, digital, and/or social media content to support the two education and outreach campaigns described below and to encourage engagement of the target audiences. 

    ECT seeks a public awareness and education campaign targeting current and future parents and other caregivers raising children (from prenatal to age 18) in Escambia County. The goal for this universal campaign is to provide information to parents/caregivers to help them raise healthy and safe children; build awareness of local resources and how to access them; and increase parent and community engagement with related programs and services. ECT is looking for creative and innovative approaches to reach new audiences, particularly among communities that are difficult to penetrate. 

    1. Strategies to keep children safe around water and resources to obtain swim lessons, including a directory of lessons offered at no or reduced costs for low-income families across the county. 
    2. The importance of formal early childhood education to include messaging regarding brain development and positive interaction with infants and toddlers; this campaign should also stress that early childhood educators are professional educators whose roles go beyond ‘babysitting.’ 

    The document below includes a detailed explanation of dates, deadlines, information, and any questions that you may have about the Public Education and Outreach Campaign. Please contact info@escambiachildrenstrust.org if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

    Important Dates

    ​Release of ECT RFPJune 16, 2022
    Proposal Submission DeadlineJuly 27, 2022
    Grants Committee MeetingAugust 5, 2022
    Funding Recommendations to ECT BoardAugust 9, 2022
    Anticipated Contract Start DateSeptember 1, 2022
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  • Kindergarten Summer Bridge RFP

    The Escambia Children’s Trust invites local providers of high-quality early learning services to apply for funding to design, implement, and operate a summer bridge program for the children that will be entering kindergarten for the first time in August of 2022 and who are unprepared/underprepared for kindergarten; have not previously attended an early learning program or VPK; or have a diagnosed developmental delay.

    The goal of the Kindergarten Summer Bridge Program is to introduce children to a formal early education setting to help prepare them for their first day of kindergarten!

    Completed RFP submissions are due on June 8th, 2022 at 3 PM CST. We hosted an optional information session about the RFP process on May 18th, 2022 at the Brownsville Community Center. You can find the full information session video below along with questions that attendees asked.

    The document below is a detailed explanation of dates, deadlines, information, and any questions that you may have about the Kindergarten Summer Bridge Program. Please contact info@escambiachildrenstrust.org or watch the info session by clicking the button below if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

    Watch the full Information Session here:

    View questions that were asked by members of the public here:

    Important Dates

    ​Release of ECT RFPMay 11, 2022
    RFP Information SessionMay 18, 2022
    Proposal Submission DeadlineJune 8, 2022
    Grants Committee MeetingJune 13, 2022
    Funding Recommendations to ECT BoardJune 14, 2022
    Anticipated Contract Start DateJuly 1, 2022
    A group of small nursery school children sitting on floor indoors in classroom, clapping.
  • Thank you Director of Finance Applicants!

    Thank you for your interest in working with The Escambia Children’s Trust. Please see the attached PDF for details.

  • RFP Announcement: Needs Assessment Consultant

    Please see the attached Request for Proposal for a Needs Assessment Consultant, closing April 7th, 2022 at 5:00 PM.

  • Letter from the Executive Director

    Dear Friends,

    I am honored and thrilled to be the first executive director of the Escambia Children’s Trust. Having grown up in Pensacola, I love our community and promise to work hard to ensure the Trust serves our children as intended. I have been here for two weeks and want to update you on what we are doing.

    First and foremost, we (the Board, lawyers, accountants, and I) are getting the procedures and safeguards in place to start awarding funding as quickly as possible. I know everyone is ready to see action from the Trust. We are anxious to get the money flowing to the community providers too, but we must be accountable and transparent as we build our infrastructure. Among other things, the ECT Board will be reviewing procurement and fiscal operations policies and procedures at their next meeting on March 8, 2022. Once those are in place, we can ramp up our operations. (The Board meetings are open to the public, so you are welcome to attend if you are interested.)

    Part of what I have been doing over the past two weeks, in addition to meeting local community leaders and developing policy drafts, is looking for physical space to house the Trust and proposing a ‘lean and mean’ staffing plan. The goal is to spend as little as possible on overhead so the maximum amount of funding can go directly to serving children and families.

    Lots of data and various needs assessments have already been published to help identify the greatest needs in Escambia County. Thus, to save time and money, we hope to gather and use what is there to inform a strategic plan to guide the ECT’s work. In the meantime, we will also explore any funding streams that we can get moving sooner rather than later, based on what we already know. Please bear with us as we get going. We want to do this right.

    I welcome your input as we move forward. I do not have a Trust phone number yet, but you can reach me at tgreer@escambiachildrenstrust.org. Please also keep an eye on our website at www.escambiachildrenstrust.org for updates and information, including upcoming Board meetings, job openings, community events, and – soon – requests for bids and proposals.

    The Escambia Children’s Trust belongs to the community. I am dedicated to seeing a return on this investment in our future: our children. I look forward to working for you to ensure ALL children in our county grow up healthy and safe and have every opportunity to succeed. Thank you for the opportunity to be back and to give back.

    Sincerely,

    Tammy D. Greer