The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is committed to the goals of supporting children, youth and families in achieving better outcomes in the areas of resilience, education, and health. These outcome goals are essential to our agency’s work — they will guide what we do and the decisions we make every day.
After months of cross-agency work, including input from hundreds of internal and external stakeholders around the state, we have developed nine population-level outcome goals for DCYF related to the resilience, education, and health of children, youth, and families. The following is the “working version” of our proposed goal areas and measures.
|Category||Outcome Goal Area|
|1. Children and youth are supported by healthy relationships with adults|
|2. Parents and caregivers are supported to meet the needs of children and youth|
|3. Family Economic Security|
|4. Kindergarten readiness|
|5. Youth school engagement|
|6. High school graduation|
|7. Healthy birthweight|
|8. Child/youth development|
|9. Youth Mental/Behavioral Health|
We believe that this set of priority outcome areas will help drive aligned service delivery in a way that helps us achieve optimal outcomes for children, youth and families. DCYF’s outcome goals represent a balanced approach, considering the different populations receiving child welfare, early learning and juvenile justice services, as well as the entire lifespan of the population we serve, from pregnant mothers, to infants and children, to adolescents, to adults and caregivers.
The measures and information on these pages represent performance monitored in child welfare, early learning, and juvenile justice related to these outcome areas. Additional juvenile justice measures will be added to this page after Juvenile Rehabilitation joins DCYF in July 2019. In addition, these pages include information about contracted services, as well as the finance information that supports improved outcomes.
Addressing Equity and Disproportionality
Overarching all of these child outcome goals is the goal to eliminate disparities so that race and family income are no longer predictors of child/youth well-being. We need to continue to thoughtfully address equity and disproportionality while also understanding and accounting for bias within data.
For the past decade, Washington’s child welfare agency has been examining data to help remediate racial disproportionality in the system. Racial disproportionality is defined as the overrepresentation of children of color in the child welfare system compared to their numbers in the general population in Washington state.
A Racial Equity Initiative, new in 2016, was designed to strengthen the previous early learning department’s organizational capacity to advance racial equity. The effort began with the collection of data and metrics to track results and measure the impact of agency actions at the child, family, and community levels – and outcomes at the program and agency levels.
Youth of color are overrepresented at every point in the juvenile justice system, including detention (county and state). Youth of color ages 10 to 17 represent 28 percent of the general population, 48 percent of the youth in county detention and 59 percent of the youth involved in Juvenile Rehabilitation. The greatest disparities exist for Black, Native American and Hispanic/Latino youth.
If you have questions or comments about the information posted here, please email the team at the Office of Innovation, Alignment, and Accountability: OIAA@dcyf.wa.gov.