Roberts Family Development Center
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Programs

Description
Modeled after the CDF Freedom Schools® summer program, our Expanded Learning Initiative serves over 400 students each weekday during the school year. The primary focus of the program is to build the academic skills and confidence of low income students at risk for academic failure, therefore narrowing the achievement gap. The program provides academic support, educational enrichments, and parent engagement activities which build students mental, physical, and social abilities. Our academic support includes homework assistance and literacy workshops. Our educational enrichments cover a broad range of activities including literacy and STEM, media and performance arts, social-emotional and life skills, and social action projects.
Budget
$1,051,200
Program Successes
- Our Read Naturally literacy curriculum, focuses on improving students ability to read informational text, which is crucial to their ability to be successful in multiple school subjects.
- Based on a 4 month pre- and post-testing, 87% of our students showed an increase in words per minute or fluency and 64% of students increased their reading level or comprehension.
Description
As a Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® sponsor, we serve over 700 students each summer, combating summer learning loss. Rooted in the Civil Rights Movement and the courageous efforts of youth to make a difference, the model focuses on the importance of literacy, adult involvement, social skills, and service in the overall development of children. The model's award winning Integrated Reading Curriculum fosters an "I Can Make A Difference" attitude in the children served and young adult facilitators.
Budget
$1,651,400
Program Successes
- Basic Reading Inventory pre- and post-assessments showed that students demonstrated an average of 4-month increase in instructional reading levels and 76% children maintained or gained in instructional reading levels and did not experience summer learning loss.
Description
Due to the increasing age of our students and the escalating need for a safe and positive environment for youth, our youth programs have grown drastically in recent years. We operate 3 after-school programs catered to 6th-12th grade students, host weekly Teen Scene on weekend evenings at our Main Center, have a Teen Intern Program, and are the lead agency for Night Life Turned Right activities held during the summer in partnership with 30+ North Sacramento and Del Paso Heights organizations. We recognize that today's youth are the leaders of tomorrow and our Youth Development Initiative is designed to give them the tools they need to be successful. Together, these services provide much needed support to approximately 300 youths, age 13-18 annually.
Budget
$205,600
Program Successes
Pacers Moving Forward 2018:
- Our Pacers program at Grant High School Received a grant from the City of Sacramento to increase the technology literacy of our students.
- Our Pacers students have been participating in weekly employment readiness training; building skills such as resume building, interviewing, professional etiquette, and money management.

Teen Internships:
- Through our partnership with the City of Sacramento's Thousand Strong program we were able to train and find job placements for 15 youth who worked in our After-School, Summer Freedom Schools, and Night Life Turned Right programs.
Description
The engagement of parents and community are crucial in the growth and development of children. To promote engagement, RFDC hosts opportunities for education, involvement, and advocacy. Our after-school program sites hold monthly Parent Meetings and quarterly Family Education Nights. During the summer, we hold weekly Parent Workshops for parents of children enrolled in our Freedom Schools. In partnership with school districts, we hold annual Parent Empowerment Conferences. Throughout the year we host a variety of community events to bring together residents, other community based organizations, public entities, business, faith-based organizations, and neighborhood groups to make positive changes in the community that make it a better place for everyone.
Budget
$60,000
Program Successes
After School Program Parent Engagement:
- Across all of RFDC's seven program sites (serving K-12th grade students) our average attendance at monthly parent meetings is approximately 70%.

Freedom Schools 2018 Parent Impact Indicators:
- 68% reported they are more likely to vote.
- 68% reported they have a better understanding of how to help their child.
- 78% reported they are more likely to volunteer.
- 85% reported they plan to be more engaged in their child's school work.
Description
In response to African American child death disparities in Sacramento County, the Black Child Legacy Campaign (BCLC) was created. It is a community-driven movement working to reduce deaths of African American children by 10%-20% by the year 2020. As one of seven community-based agencies selected to lead BCLC efforts, RFDC supports community driven efforts in reducing the rate of African American child death, injury, and trauma. In North Sacramento/Del Paso Heights, we provide access to quality services and programs, build community capacity and engagement, and foster effective education, outreach, and connections to services. We coordinate efforts to reduce African American child deaths and health disparities, support happy and healthy children, and advocate for families and communities.
Budget
$205,000
Program Successes
- From June to December 2018, RFDC and its Black Child Legacy Campaign partners provided education and support related to the reduction of African American child deaths to over 5,200 individuals.
Description
The African American Trauma Informed Care Network is funded through a partnership with Sacramento County. The program will serve African American residents of Sacramento County who have been affected by trauma and violence, RFDC's Wellness Network will provide outreach, engagement, education, and prevention service to the Black community in Del Paso Heights/North Sacramento, Robla, South Natomas, and Broadway Corridor. With the support of multiple partners, we will provide culturally responsive trauma informed care to the whole family, with special considerations given to youth age 0-24. In addition, the program will provide culturally responsive services to individuals identifying as LGBTQ, who are often underserved in the service neighborhoods identified. We will utilize a 3-part strategy to recruit, serve, and heal from within the community: culturally responsive outreach/engagement, professional support services, and community education/training. As part of this newly established program, RFDC will hold Community Listening Sessions in early 2021 and services to community members will begin in mid 2021.
Budget
$187,000
Program Successes
This is a new program, beginning in February 2021. Successes will be posted once the program and program evaluation begin.