No single issue among the red flags and blue ribbons identified in the 2005 Community Focus report impacts the future of Springfield and Greene County to the extent that the alarmingly high number of children living in poverty does. The community response to this looming red flag, resulted in the Grantmaker’s Challenge for Children and the ECHO Project.
Funded through a $1 million CFO grant, the five-year ECHO (Enhancing Children’s Healthy Opportunities) Project brings together Burrell Behavioral Health, CFO, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, MSU, and the Springfield Public Schools in a collaborative effort to promote childhood resiliency. The project serves two Springfield elementary schools, Campbell and Robberson, serving a significant population of at-risk students.
Click here for the summary of the ECHO Project upon its completion.