The Vista Partnership for Children (VPfC) includes multiple stakeholders supporting local youth, all gathered around one table, working toward a common goal: improving opportunities and life outcomes for all children in the region. By convening key partners – nonprofits, local government entities, school districts, teachers, parents, health and human services and other organizations – a tree has been planted in Vista that will bear fruit for all of our children.
Lead partners – including Vista Unified School District, the City of Vista, the County Health and Human Services Agency, Vista Community Clinic, the Vista Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and many more –have agreed on baseline data, critical milestones and specific indicators to measure progress over time.
Now, by aligning resources, knowledge and outcomes, they are embracing collective impact, an innovative approach to solving our community’s most complex social issues.
United Way serves as the Partnership’s project manager, providing staff and resources to keep all stakeholders focused on the shared vision: to ensure healthy, well-educated children and thriving neighborhoods. United Way staff also handles facilitation, community trainings, data analysis and other advisory functions that are critical to success.
How do we build for the future in a way that truly transforms the lives of children—and the entire community? This is where Collective Impact comes into play. United Way of San Diego County has helped launch the new partnership work in Vista that will promote critical work in areas such as kindergarten readiness and early grade reading. This will have an enduring impact on our region.
Devin Vodicka, EdD, Superintendent of Schools
Vista Unified School District
Vista Unified Schools