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October 2022

Community Voice

Your reliable source for news, announcements and updates from the Escambia Children's Trust 

Calling all awesome people: We're hiring for a brand-new position called Program and Research Coordinator. Help us spread the word! Position is open until filled. Please send cover letter and resume to

The full job description can be found on our website here

OST Grants Committee Named

At its meeting on October 11, 2022, the Escambia Children’s Trust Board of DIrectors approved the following local subject-matter experts to participate in the Grants Committee for out-of-school time proposals: Samuel R. Mathews, Ph.D.; Lynsey R. Listau, Ed.D.; Suzanne Ryals, M.Ed.; and Carmen Powe, M.Psy.

Resumes and CVs for Dr. Mathews, Dr. Listau, Ms. Ryals and Ms. Powe are available in the October 11, 2022 meeting packet, beginning on page 116.

In addition to the four citizen reviewers, four ECT Board members will serve on the OST Grants Committee, for a total of eight members. The four board members include Stephanie White, Tori Woods, Melissa Sidoti and Patty Hightower.

Read more details HERE.

The deadline is quickly approaching for the Out-of-School-Time RFP, and we have been busy answering your questions. To date, we have received 50 questions from providers, all of which have been answered on our Q&A page. Questions are accepted through October 21. Read all the details about this nearly $6 million funding opportunity by clicking the button below.

OST RFP Landing Page

Wanted: Citizens to Apply to Serve on our Board of Directors

We are currently seeking applications from county residents to serve on the Escambia Children's Trust oversight board. We have two seats opening due to Pastor Lonnie Wesley III and Dr. Rex Northup's terms expiring on December 31, 2022.  

Please help us spread the word about this exciting board leadership opportunity. The application consists of completing an application, a questionnaire for Gubernatorial Appointments, and submitting an optional resume. The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners will consider applications and forward selected applicants to the governor for consideration. The deadline is October 27. Click here to learn more and apply today! 

Award Announcement: ITB for Family Resource Guide

Great news! The Escambia Children's Trust board approved entering into an agreement with Kessler Creative to design, publish, print and distribute 50,000 copies of a comprehensive family resource guide (in English and Spanish) for the benefit of children and families across our county. 

Kessler Creative is the firm that works with numerous Children's Services Councils across Florida to develop informational resources on programs and services. To check out their work, click on this link and start perusing the 2022-23 family resource guide just produced for the Children's Services Council of Broward County. 

Extended: ITB for Conflict Counsel

The Escambia Children's Trust seeks responsive bids from qualified law firms to serve as counsel in the event of a conflict of interest for ECT’s general counsel, Clark Partington Attorneys at Law.

The term of the resulting contract will be one year with options for two additional years. The award determination will be based on the best interest of ECT. 

The submission deadline for this ITB has been extended through November 4, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. CST.

Click the button below for more details about the ITB for Conflict Counsel.

ITB for Conflict Counsel

Other News & Notes

At our October board meeting, the following actions were taken: 

  • Awarded a contract for audit services totaling $20,500 to Brown, Thornton, Pacenta & Company, P.A. 

  • Awarded a contract for cloud-based agenda management, live meeting and public records request platform to Prime Gov in the amount of $32,641 

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