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Program Description

  Children's Opportunity Fund

The Children's Opportunity Fund (COF) NDA was established in partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation in May 2016. COF provides funding to support policy priorities that address the social determinants that impact the achievement gap for vulnerable children and the barriers faced by their families.

The Fund is supported by a Leadership Working Group made up of the County Executive, the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) Superintendent, a member of the Board of Education, and a member of the County Council. This Leadership Working Group is staffed by the Executive Director/Consultant of COF and will advise the Fund's Steering Committee as to the policy priorities relating to children at risk of not succeeding in school, for the purpose of advising and guiding the Steering Committee in making recommendations for the Fund. The Steering Committee makes the award decisions.

The Steering Committee is comprised of the Director of the Department of Recreation, the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services, the MCPS Chief Academic Officer, the Executive Director of the Collaboration Council, the Executive Director of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and the Director/Consultant to the Fund who was hired by the Greater Washington Community Foundation and serves as an ex-officio member. Evaluation and data driven decision-making is critical to the work of the Fund. The Fund will direct resources to County inter-agency and cross system collaborations, promote public-private partnerships, and identify new funding sources in collaboration with the Community Foundation to aggressively close the achievement gap in Montgomery County and impact the social-economic determinants that affect outcomes for children and their families.

Program Contacts

Contact Lindsay Lucas of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2788 for more information regarding the operating budget for the Non-Departmental Accounts.


Program Budget Changes

FY21 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY20 Approved3750000.00
FY21 Recommended3750000.00