The Community Partnership Program (CPP) represents ACS’ ongoing commitment to partner with communities to advance community building and primary prevention strategies. On a local level, CPPs are coalitions (or Partnerships) that serve as local hubs for providers, community leaders, and other committed stakeholders. Eleven Partnerships currently operate across the City and meetings are open to the community.
Building on the three foundational frameworks of collective impact, two-generation/whole family engagement, and equity, each CPP engages in five core strategies to achieve two primary tasks: increase community awareness of primary prevention and other resources and leverage these resources to work with the whole family to prevent the need for child welfare involvement. These five core strategies include the following:
Managed by the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships (OCEP) within the Division of Child and Family Well-Being (CFWB), each CPP is assigned a staff member who provides contract management support and technical assistance. Additional technical support and advisement is provided by Casey Family Programs.
OCEP also manages the Family Enrichment Center (FEC) program. ACS’ first primary prevention demonstration initiative, in 2017 and 2018, three FECS were launched by established community-based organizations in East New York, Highbridge and Hunts Point.
Please visit this site regularly for additional updates. Contact Nigel Nathaniel, Director of the ACS Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships, at Nigel.Nathaniel@acs.nyc.gov / 212-341-3116 with any inquiries.