Look at What We’ve Done So Far

Since our inception in 2011, BRIDGES has operated as a community hub designed to support connections between organizations and residents of 10 targeted neighborhoods in Palm Beach County in the following zip codes: 33403, 33404, 33407, 33401, 33461, 33460, 33435, 33476 and 33430.

Through the years, our program has served 5,138 families with children 0‐8, and a total of 18,896 residents.

We are addressing the issues we set out to improve: the health, safety and well‐being of pregnant women, young children and families.

Look at our impact

  • Promoting healthy births. Through partnerships (including: Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies; Healthy Beginnings Nurses; Health Department; and other Community Health & Wellness Providers), BRIDGES has served, through 2014, over 1,000 pregnant women and referred nearly 400 pregnant women to Children’s Services Council (CSC) of Palm Beach County’s Healthy Beginnings Prenatal Agency.
  • Reducing child abuse and neglect. Through BRIDGES, over 2,000 parents have completed either Triple P one‐on-one sessions or the Triple P group seminars. Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is an evidenced-based program to prevent child abuse and neglect.

• BRIDGES families have participated in 158 car seat installation/safety sessions.

• 811 parents attended workshops on choking and suffocation, poison control, baby sleep safety, bike safety, etc.

  • Promoting kindergarten readiness. 73% of BRIDGES neighborhood children 0‐5 years old received one or more ASQ‐3 screenings to detect signs of developmental delay in children, and 15% of ASQ‐3 screenings identified developmental concerns. In all, through BRIDGES, 1,966 children received CSC scholarships to attend quality child care.

• Since 2014, 214 families attended a BRIDGES Kindergarten readiness series.

• 1,093 families attended BRIDGES parent‐child activities to promote developmental skills in children.

• Each BRIDGES neighborhood has an Early Childhood Leadership Collaborative working to improve school readiness.

By “bridging” traditional gaps in programming, BRIDGES has focused on creating support for optimal child development, parenting and neighborhood capacity building and growth.

Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility. When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.

This information was presented to the Children’s Services Council on March 31, 2016.