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

Outcome 1A

A County-Wide, Sustainable, Early Childhood Shared Vision, Common Outcomes and Coordinated Budget

Indicator 1: County-wide early childhood policy plan [more]

Description of efforts to develop a county-wide early childhood policy plan to increase community capacity to respond to the needs of children 0-5 and their families

F5AC underwent organizational restructuring this year. The new organizational structure includes a strategy focused on Policy, Advocacy and Communication.  


Results 2010-2011

F5AC and its partners are using lessons learned from Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health) in East Oakland to inform state policy on best strategies to coordinate and sustain early childhood supports.


F5AC is also working in collaboration with the Alameda County Early Childhood Policy Group (ACECPC), Children Now, and Alameda County Child Care Planning Council, the Children’s Special Needs Committee to ensure early childhood issues are addressed and at the forefront of emerging countywide policy agendas.

Indicator 2: Common Outcomes [more]

Description of efforts to identify common outcomes among agencies countywide who serve families and children 0 to 5 years of age


2010-11 welcomed renewed efforts to build countywide commitments for developing common outcomes for early childhood. This issue is now a policy priority for F5AC, Project LAUNCH, Alameda County Early Childhood Policy Council (ACECPC) and the Alameda County 0-8 Early Childhood Workgroup. Common outcomes will be developed in FY 2012-2013.

Indicator 3: Universal Screening [more]

Number of private medical providers and medical clinics that implemented routine developmental screening

How Do We Compare?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends developmental screening at 9, 18, and 30 month well-child visits.


2010-2011 Results

The number of private pediatric sites and community clinics that participate in routine developmental screening continues to grow. In 2010-11, the number of sites grew to 29, from 23 last year.


Additionally, pediatricians received trainings on screening protocols and best practices through F5AC sponsored trainings.

Indicator 4: Tobacco Policies [more]

Number of agencies trained on tobacco cessation/smoke exposure reduction that implement tobacco policies

2010-2011 Results

As an ongoing effort to assure that contractors, grantees and partners have the tools to reduce smoke exposure in their environments, 18 Fresh Air for Little Noses workshops that covered asthma management for children 0-5, secondhand smoke education, and non-toxic cleaning were provided for childcare centers staffed by 324 childcare providers in Alameda County.

Indicator 5: K-Transition [more]

Number of school districts with Kindergarten transition coordinators

2010-2011 Results

3 school districts have k-transition coordinators: Hayward, Oakland and San Lorenzo Unified School Districts.


Indicator 6: Summer Pre-K [more]

Number of school districts funding Summer Pre-K camps

2010-2011 Results

Pleasanton Unified School District and San Lorenzo Unified School District fund their own Summer Pre-Kindergarten camps.

Indicator 7: School Transition Plans & Activities [more]

Number of schools that have formalized transition plans and activities 

2010-2011 Results

In 2010-2011, the K-ECE Collaboratives took place in Fremont, Hayward, Berkeley, Livermore, Oakland and San Lorenzo.



  • Preschools, including private preschools, and K teachers reviewed results from the F5AC-sponsored K Readiness Study and identified district-specific needs
  • The Berkeley Collaborative made recommendations to the City of Berkeley which were ultimately included in the city’s 2020 Vision Statement


  • Preschool and Kindergarten teachers shared assessments with one another and brainstormed a list of "Kindergarten Readiness" skills and activities to pursue


  • The group updated its parent "Kindergarten Readiness" brochure that will be sent to every parent as their child registers for Kindergarten in 2012


  • Kindergarten teachers met with preschool teachers whose children will be attending their kindergarten classrooms

San Lorenzo

  • All 9 schools in SLZUSD held own K/ECE meeting
  • Transition coordinator facilitated meetings among the Pre-K, K, and Administrators, and some sites developed a Transition Plan
  • District integrated Pre-K classrooms in 7 school sites

Outcome 1B

Communication and Collaboration among Agencies and Organizations that Serve 0-5 Population 


Indicator 1: Community Collaborations [more]

Number and description of new cooperative or collaborative relationships  between community agencies serving children 0 to 5 and their families, e.g. county-wide early childhood budget and shared outcomes


2010-2011 Results

A county level home visitation redesign effort began, based on findings from a summary of Public Health and First 5 Alameda County home visiting services found in the Alameda County Home Visiting Report. The redesign process will identify strategies to develop common outcomes, professional development standards and best practices for serving diverse families.

Indicator 2: Standardized Protocols [more]

County agreed upon standardized protocols for early identification of children 0-5 with developmental, social or emotional concerns


2010-11 Results


Indicator 3: Interagency Agreements [more]

Established interagency agreements and protocols to use the same tools and measures, share information, coordinate family referral processes, establish feedback loops to referring providers on the result of referrals, etc.

2010-11 Results


A County Assessment and Treatment learning community brought together 30 mental health clinicians, clinician supervisors and program directors of agencies that serve young children. The group spent time discussing developmental screening and assessment principles and processes for initiating work with young children.  Based on these discussions, some of the agencies made changes to their procedures.

"[My agency's] intake form [now] has more specific questions that target 'red flag' areas of concern; [we've also had] discussions around being more strength-based and family-focused in the intake."--Learning Community Survey, August 2011

"We have shortened our wait list by re-thinking guidelines on procedure for wait list management; we have [a] stricter time limit for keeping cases on [our] wait list."
-Learning Community Survey, August 2011


Outcome 1C

A County-Wide System Of Screening, Assessment, Referral And Treatment For Early Identification Of Children 0 To 5 At Risk For Developmental And Social-Emotional Concerns

Indicator 1: SART [more]

Accessible, integrated system of community supports and treatment for children 0-5 with developmental, social or emotional concerns (SART)

2010-11 Results

Alameda County initiated an effort in October 2009 to bring together systems of care to support children with a broad range of developmental social-emotional needs. Since inception, over 1,000 children have been referred to the Screening, Assessment Referral and Treatment (SART) telephone Linkage Line. Through the Linkage Line, families receive information about available supports for their child, referrals for services to support their child's development, are linked with a community-based family navigation services or are connected with an agency able to further assess a child's presenting developmental and/or social-emotional concerns. During FY 2010-11:

  • 700 children were referred, 14 by parents, 636 by pediatric and 39 by ECE providers
  • 424 families were offered a Family Navigator to support them in linking with services to support their child's development
  • SART is now a partner in the Help Me Grow (HMG) National Network of entities that are working to create systems to identify at-risk children and to help families link with community-based programs and services

Additionally, a federal grant from SAMHSA called Early Connections began offering services through family partners, who pair up with families of children receiving mental health supports for social-emotional and behavioral concerns at clinics. Family partners ensure that family concerns and culture are at the forefront of all care plans. To date, 81 families received services from Early Connections mental health providers.

Indicator 2: Working Together, Better [more]

Document how systems working with children 0-5 are working together better

Early Care and Education sites received information and training on SART, referral pathways, developmental screening using the ASQ and ASQ-SE, and interpreting and communicating results of the screen to parents.

“There was so much support and information… They followed through with us so we all are "linked" together.”
-ECE Provider, 2011 ECE Provider Survey

“This program has enhanced teaching staff ability to determine if a child...[has] a need as well as [their ability to plan and implement] ... curriculum that ... address ... [children's] needs...”
-ECE Site Director, 2011 ECE Provider Survey


A County-Wide, Sustainable, Early Childhood Shared Vision, Common Outcomes and Coordinated Budget
Communication and Collaboration among Agencies and Organizations that Serve 0-5 Population
A County-wide System of Screening, Assessment, Referral and Treatment for Early Identification of Children 0 to 5 At Risk for Developmental and Social-Emotional Concerns

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