Executive Summary

In FY 2010-2011 First 5 Alameda County (F5AC) programs served over 19,000 children 0-5 and their families. Below are selected highlights from July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011. With anticipated declines in Prop 10 funding from tobacco revenues F5AC focused on strengthening our collaborations with county and community partners and integrating with existing systems of care for young children. Our evaluations reveal that the impact of our work with families and providers in the earlier years is now being realized as children enter school ready to learn. Our evaluation work also helps us use lessons learned to shape our strategies to be the most effective with limited resources.

 

 

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Goal 1: Promote systems and policy changes that enhance community capacity and fiscal sustainability for services to children 0-5 and their families

  • Alameda County Public Health and First 5 Alameda County (F5AC) began a planning process to create a home visiting / family support system with common outcomes, service and professional standards, and integrated data systems that will be supported through blended funding.

The most recent school readiness evaluation showed that at risk children were better prepared for school if they received intensive home visiting as a newborn.
See ASR School Readiness Report.

  • The goal for Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), a five year SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grant, is to promote young child wellness by reducing fragmentation and integrating services at the state and local levels.  F5AC expanded services within East Oakland, infused mental health into early childhood services, and encouraged linkages and coordinated services through existing community-building efforts. Project LAUNCH began organizing with family child care providers, built relationships to integrate early childhood services into full service community schools and supported a community health center to integrate a best practice model, Centering Pregnancy and Parenting.  
  • Help Me Grow Alameda County (formally known as Alameda County SART), a countywide systems change initiative, was selected with three other California counties (Orange, LA, Fresno) to participate in the National Help Me Grow Replication Project linking us to broader efforts and opportunities. Help Me Grow works in collaboration with the SAMHSA funded Early Connections, the Early Childhood Mental Health System of Care grant, providing family-driven supports for children with serious mental health needs.
  • Strengthening Families’ 5 protective factors are integrated into our work and the work of our partners to create a common, easy to understand language and approaches for supporting families.
 

Strengthening Families©
Five Protective Factors

  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Social-emotional competency of children
  • Alameda County Medical Center (Highland Hospital), with support from F5AC, is pursuing Baby-Friendly Hospital certification which assures adherence to the strictest standards for supporting breastfeeding and infant nutrition
  • Five City Libraries and Parks and Recreation departments are using First 5 funding to incubate sustainable parent-child school readiness programs. 

  

  

Goal 2: Support professionals to provide high quality services to children and their families

 

  • 4,201 providers from multiple disciplines participated in trainings ranging from one-time only trainings to in-depth learning communities
 

Trainings include…

  • Child Development
  • Standardized Screening and Assessments
  • Maternal Depression
  • Lactation
  • Parenting Support
  • Brazelton Touchpoints
  • Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Of the 509 students enrolled in the community college Corps AA program 35% received a Child Care Permit for the first time or moved to a higher level permit.  
  • Evaluation results from F5AC’s ECE higher education initiatives led to the development of a community college-based cohort model with increased supports for students seeking their AA degree.  

  

Goal 3: Support families to provide a safe, emotionally and economically secure home environment to secure optimal development of children 0-5

  • Community based organizations provided parenting groups in multiple languages serving 1,600 parents/caregivers; 20% of recipients were fathers. An additional 1,059 parent-child activities were provided to 4,899 parents/caregivers and 4,077 children. 
 Languages of Parenting Groups   
  • Spanish
  • Cambodian
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • Vietnamese
  • ASL
  • Parent Cafés, a new model of parent engagement, led by parents and focusing on the Strengthening Families 5 protective factors were piloted in East Oakland Project LAUNCH with great initial success and will continue to be expanded.

 

Goal 4: Improve and integrate health and early care and education for children 0-5 so they enter school ready to learn

  • In 2010-2011 1,404 families receiving postpartum home visiting services targeting high risk families, pregnant and parenting teens and parents of newborns discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit maintained strong child outcomes.
  • Across strategies, 4,617 children were screened for developmental concerns. Of those screened 1,254 were identified with concerns and connected to additional supports.
  • Developmental Screening and Early Identification of Children: Help Me Grow (HMG) Alameda County infuses developmental and social emotional screening into 29 pediatric practices and 24 child care classrooms.  As a result of screening, 700 referrals were made to the triage phone line for children who screened of concern and 424 families received family navigation services linking them with appropriate community follow-up.
  • F5AC has multiple strategies that promote high quality early care and education experiences.  
    • Intensive coaching and program improvement funds were provided to 42 (19 new and 23 continuing) early care and education sites through our Quality Improvement Initiative.
    • Child Care Mental Health Consultation was provided to classrooms serving over 635 children.
   

A follow-up evaluation of 13 family child care homes that participated in our quality Improvement program over the past 4 years demonstrated that initial improvements were maintained up to four years later. Greatest improvements were sustained in health and safety-related practices, an essential ingredient of quality early care and education. 

  • Summer Pre-K bridge programs and school transition activities continue to expand. Thirty-Three (33) classrooms in 10 school districts provided a summer Pre-K program for 504 children who had not been in early care and education programs. Our annual Kindergarten readiness study found positive outcomes for children who participated in the summer Pre-K program. 

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