The CiNCA is rooted in collaboration and partnership among dozens who are interested in getting children outside and active more often. The Partnership for Childhood Wellness, in particular, leverages the combined talent of many partners to direct their programming efforts to the Dove Springs and St. John’s neighborhoods, the specific geographic region of our community where the wellness of children is at greatest risk due to obesity.
Partners for the Partnership for Childhood Wellness include:
Austin ISD - administrators, principals and teachers collaborate with the CINCA to transform school yards to include natural areas for play and learning;
Austin Parks and Recreation - works with us to transform and expand park use;
Dell Children's Healthy Living / Happy Living Program - providing access and outreach to the medical community, anti-obesity research, and programs designed to reduce obesity in Austin;
El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission - provides a critical link to the Latino leadership and to El Buen’s clients who are predominantly low income and Latino;
Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) – offers multiple opportunities for outdoor adventure programming;
National Wildlife Federation – a leader in advocating for time outside including “The Green Hour”, Schoolyard Habitats and Backyard Habitats has been instrumental in coordinating its work with CiNCA and directing its work to our target population;
Sustainable Food Center – will collaborate with CiNCA to create community and schoolyard gardens.
Texas Partnership for Children in Nature - provides a statewide framework to advocate for and support the CiNCA initiative;
UT School of Public Health - Collaborating with CiNCA to evaluate effectiveness of our program by designing and administering pre and post testing of fourth graders in our target population;