Successful Children and Youth Policy Team

CONTACT INFORMATION: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
703-324-1762 TTY 711
12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Marla Zometsky
Prevention Manager

SCYPT Initiatives

School Readiness

In 2013, the SCYPT endorsed a set of recommendations (PDF) related to ensuring all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. The broader and more comprehensive Fairfax County Equitable School Readiness Strategic Plan (PDF) was endorsed in 2017, and the recommendations of the School Readiness Resources Panel (PDF) were endorsed in 2020. 

Behavioral Health

Strategies endorsed by the SCYPT have led to multiple initiatives to expand and improve the behavioral health system of care for children and youth. In 2013, the SCYPT adopted the recommendations of the Interagency Youth Behavioral Health Work Group (PDF), establishing the initiative that would become Healthy Minds Fairfax. The Children’s Behavioral Health System of Care Blueprint (PDF) (Healthy Minds Blueprint) was endorsed in 2016; the final report for the initial blueprint highlights key achievements. A new plan for 2023-2027 was endorsed by the SCYPT in early 2023. 

School Attendance

The SCYPT initiated a multi-sector effort to address chronic absenteeism in Fairfax County schools. The Attendance Action Plan (PDF) was endorsed in 2015. 

Community Schools

The SCYPT is working to develop a systemic approach to implementing community schools in Fairfax. A 2019 presentation to the SCYPT on Community Schools Updates and Next Steps (PDF) provides the basis of the approach.

Career Readiness

In 2021, the SCYPT convened a workgroup to develop recommendations to ensure that all youth graduate from high school, and if not continuing with higher education, are able to obtain a job that positions them for a successful career. View the recommendations in the Fairfax County Opportunity Youth Collective Impact Network report (PDF)

My Brother’s Keeper

Former President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 as a White House Initiative to address the persistent opportunity gaps boys and young men of color face and to ensure all young people can reach their full potential.

Today, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA) is a program of the Obama Foundation and works to unleash the power of communities working together to solve problems for boys and young men of color at a level to improve real life outcomes. In early 2023, the SCYPT endorsed the approach and the scope of work found in the MBK Fairfax Initiative presentation (PDF).

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