Publications

WE COUNT! A 2020 Census Counting Book

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) sponsored the distribution of 5,500 copies of WE COUNT! A 2020 Census Counting Book to families throughout the territory. The goal of the WE COUNT! Campaign is to ensure that children and families understand the importance of being accurately represented in the population count. The book explains how Census 2020 is used and how families benefit from being counted. It also provides an introduction to civic engagement: being seen, being counted, voting and organizing.

WE COUNT! A 2020 Census Counting Book

Community Needs Assessment: Understanding the Needs of Vulnerable Children and Families in the U.S. Virgin Islands Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) and the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVICERC) announce the release of the community needs assessment conducted over the course of 2018 to determine the status of children in the US Virgin Islands following hurricanes Irma and Maria. The assessment, a project managed through CFVI’s USVI KIDS COUNT Initiative, was specifically intended to elucidate the ongoing health, education, human services, and housing status and needs of children and families in the US Virgin Islands during this post-hurricane period.
 

CERC Community Needs Assessment E-Report

CERC-CFVI Community Needs Assessment Aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria – Executive Summary

Directory of Community Organizations

In response to all of the organizational changes following the 2017 storms, we are doing follow up to update the 2020 directory. Please stay tuned!

If you would like your organization to be included in our directory, please complete the intake form in the link below. We welcome all community serving agencies such as nonprofit organizations, rotary clubs, and day care centers.

CFVI Directory of Community Organizations Intake Form

2016-17 Directory of Community Organizations (We do not have any hard copies available at this time. We are in the process of updating the Directory and will make an announcement when the new edition is available.) 

CFVI Newsletters

The CFVI eNewsletter is published on a quarterly basis to keep you updated on our grant-making and to promote funding opportunities to our donor-advisors and supporters.

Reports

  • Hurricane Recovery and Building Forward – Comprehensive Report: Included in this comprehensive report of CFVI’s Hurricane-related funding activities are details on a wide range of philanthropic vehicles, which the Foundation created to effectively steward millions of dollars in donations, respond to the intentions of thousands of donors, and provide support to more than 100 grantees. In fact, from September 2017 through the end of July 2020, more than 10,000 individual donors and institutions contributed over $18 million in donations and grants.
  • HelpUSVINow! Fund Report:  This report provides a summary of the grants distributed from the HelpUSVINow! Fund, which was established by Richard J Stephenson to help the USVI recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria, which impacted the U.S. Virgin Islands in September 2017. The Stephenson Family Foundation contributed $2 million to benefit health, education, and other long-term needs of the USVI community.
  • Fund For the Virgin Islands (FFVI) Report: This report provides a summary of donor contributions and the subsequent distribution of more than $8 million from the Fund For the Virgin Islands to support relief and recovery projects and programs in the Territory after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. 
  • USVI Early Childhood Advisory Committee Strategic Report (2012): This report provides a summary of the last four years of activities and an update of the system of services and initiatives provided by various government and private agencies, either individually or collaboratively, aimed at improving outcomes for young children and their families in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Early Childhood Advisory Committee Strategic Report (2011): This report provides a summary of the last four years of activities and an update of the system of services and initiatives provided by various government and private agencies, either individually or collaboratively, aimed at improving outcomes for young children and their families in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • USVI Early Childhood Advisory Committee Strategic Report (September 2014): This report provides a summary of the last four years of activities and an update of the system of services and initiatives provided by various government and private agencies, either individually or collaboratively, aimed at improving outcomes for young children and their families in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • USVI Early Childhood Advisory Committee Strategic Report (July 2013): The Virgin Islands ECAC Strategic Plan’s mission is to develop a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable system of supports and services for young children and their families so all children begin school safe, healthy, and ready to succeed.
  • USVI Guidelines for High-Quality Practice in Kindergarten (December 2014): The primary purpose of this document is to provide guidance for implementing the Virgin Islands Department of Education’s Education and Learning Standards through developmentally appropriate practices to support children’s optimal development.
  • USVI Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines (July 2013): The primary purpose of this document is to provide a framework for understanding and communicating a common set of developmentally appropriate expectations for young children ages birth to three years within a context of shared responsibility and accountability for helping children meet these expectations.
  • Pathways to Excellence – The U.S. Virgin Islands’ Early Childhood Professional Development System Plan: Recommendations to the Early Childhood Advisory Committee: Numerous indicators led the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC) to prioritize the development of a new professional development system, called Pathways to Excellence. The proposed policies contained in this report are responsive to emerging data about the need for a more robust, effective, and systemic approach to the training and education of early childhood professionals in the USVI, and the need for multiple pathways toward excellence in practice for this very diverse workforce.
  • USVI Early Learning Guidelines (April 2010): The primary purpose of this document is to provide a framework for understanding and communicating a common set of developmentally appropriate expectations for young children within a context of shared responsibility and accountability for helping children meet these expectations.
  • USVI Early Learning Guidelines- Supplement to Support Diverse Learners (June 2014): Early childhood care and education programs in the Virgin Islands must address the individual needs of a diverse population of children. Children with disabilities and children who do not speak English develop best in inclusive environments, those in which early childhood teachers and caregivers welcome all children and provide flexible programming that can meet individual needs and include children with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities.
  • Taking Stock: A Preliminary Examination of Early Care and Education in the USVI: The purpose of this research was to begin to survey the landscape of early care and education (ECE) settings in the USVI with the hopes of informing interventions to strengthen the overall quality of the sector.

KIDS COUNT USVI Data Book

The KIDS COUNT USVI Data Book provides information on and documents challenges to child well-being in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its purpose is to promote dialogue on children’s issues and to stimulate community response to improve the health, safety and economic status of VI children, from birth to age 18. From 2000-2019, the KIDS COUNT USVI Data Book was compiled and published each year by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI).

Other Publications

Population Reference Bureau (PRB) Report

This ground-breaking report analyzes trends in the VI from 1990, 2000 and 2010 censuses at a Territory, island and neighborhood level. Assessing trends in population, economy, health and well-being and other key factors reveal some startling statistics; statistics that are extremely valuable for policymakers and program implementers concerned with improving the Virgin Islands.

PRB Children in the Virgin Islands Results from 2010 Census

KIDS COUNT Issue Brief

This issue brief serves to familiarize readers with a definition, key indicators, and up-to-date statistics on school readiness in the Territory.

School Readiness Issue Brief

KIDS COUNT Data Center

The KIDS COUNT Data Center provides in-depth historical and current data on all available indicators for the Virgin Islands. Hosted by the National KIDS COUNT Initiative, data are drawn from both local and national sources.

Website

Special thanks to Fintrac, Ryan Moron, Kelly O’ Brien Uszenski and Don Hebert for their contribution and continuing support of our website.