The Department of Children and Youth operates under the guidance of the Office of the City Manager. The department was established after the passage of Measures E, K, and H in the City of Richmond in 2018. A team has convened to begin the development of the department. This team consists of staff from the City Manager’s Office, Finance department, and UC Berkeley fellows.
Richmond voters approved Measures E and K, known as the Richmond Kids First Initiative, on June 5, 2018. Congruently, these measures require a portion of General Fund revenue be set aside to fund youth programs and services. These measures also established the creation of the Department of Children and Youth and the development of the Richmond Fund for Children and Youth.
Richmond voters also approved Measure H on November 6, 2018. Measure H imposes an increase on the documentary transfer tax on properties with a sales price of over $1 million. Measure H will act as the general tax measure that is meant to increase funds to the General Fund in order to allow a sustainable funding stream for the Department and Fund.
Department staff is researching promising practices in other jurisdictions that have programs that support children and youth to ensure successful implementation of the Richmond Kids First Initiative. Major next steps for FY 2018-19 and 2019-20 include, but are not limited to:
Development of Oversight Board Guidelines and Application form
Selection of Oversight Board by City Council and convening of Board meetings
Creation of a community needs assessment and the Strategic Investment Plan
Expansion of website
In collaboration with the Board, as well as the West Contra Costa Unified School District and key stakeholders, City staff will continue to develop the Fund and Department