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

Outcome 3A

Opportunities For Parenting Supports To Promote Stronger Families

"My 2 yr old child has sensory integration disorder and this [parent-child dance class] is the only class or group activity he can handle and I have tried many!  My 4.5 yr old child has gained confidence and (this class) has helped with separation anxiety."
-Grantee Report

Indicator 1: Parent Ed and Support Groups [more]

Number and description of culturally and linguistically appropriate parent education and support groups

2010-2011 Results

F5AC Community Grantees provided 751 parent education classes and support groups in English, Spanish, Cambodian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and ASL for 1,600 parents/caregivers.  At least 316 (20%) of the parents/caregivers were fathers.


In addition, 1,059 parent-child activities were provided by grantees for 4,889 parents and 4,109 children, and 2,204 mental health sessions were provided for 242 parents and 182 children.

Indicator 2: Parents Play More [more]

Proportion of parents who report they play more with their child  

2010-2011 Results 

74% of parents served through a subset of the community grants reported playing more with their child.

“I did not know how to talk to my two children, I thought babbling was the way to talk to them because they are small.  I talk to them with words, I spend more time with them playing, reading, and I have seen a big change in my children’s vocabulary.”
- Grantee Report 

“I learned to identify my mistakes and I feel that I learned to have a better relationship with my son. This program helped me learn that I need to help my son in his development, and how important it is to play with him and read to him to succeed.”
- Grantee Report

Indicator 3: Parent Used What They Learned [more]

Proportion of parents attending parenting education or support programs who report they used what they learned 

2010-2011 Results

96% of parents attending parenting education or support programs reported they used what they learned.

"As for discipline, I learned about rules that need to be implemented at home and I learned to set limits. In communication, I learned to dedicate more time to my children, listen, be a friend and not yell at them, but talk to them."
- Grantee Report

Indicator 4: Depression Screening [more]

Proportion of parents screened for depression

2010-2011 Results


Home visitors increasingly implemented standardized depression screening for postpartum mothers. In 2007, 61-81% of parents receiving F5AC home visiting services were screened. Screening rates have stabilized, with the greatest progress shown among the agencies serving pregnant and parenting teens.


84 parents were screened for depression by agencies receiving community grants

Indicator 5: Positive for Depression [more]

Proportion of primary caretakers/parents who screened positive for depression 

How do we compare?

Nationally estimated rates of depression among pregnant, postpartum and parenting women range from 5% to 25%


2010-2011 Results

  42 of 84 (50%) parents screened positive for depression in agencies receiving community grants; 41were referred for services and 29 received services.

Indicator 6: Domestic Violence Screening [more]

Proportion of parents/children screened for domestic violence 

How do we compare? 

Nationally, children are present in the home in 40-50% of DV-related calls; children < 5 are more likely to be present than older children 

In Alameda County, 7,331 DV calls made to law enforcement, with a rate of 7.1 calls per 1,000 adults (vs. state rate of 7.2 and SF county rate of 8.4) 

2010-2011 Results 

One community grantee screened for domestic violence, and in this agency, 5 families reported recent DV and 1 reported past DV.

Indicator 7: Positive for DV [more]

Proportion of parents/children screened positive for domestic violence who are referred for and receive services  


2010-2011 Results

No data to report.

Indicator 8: Substance Use Screening [more]

Proportion of parents screened for substance abuse 

2010-2011 Results

One community grantee agency screened for substance abuse, and 3 families reported current or past substance abuse.

Indicator 10: Referrals for Substance Use [more]

Proportion of parents screened positive for substance abuse and are referred for treatment services

2010-2011 Results

Indicator 11: Open CPS Cases [more]

Proportion of children who have a Child Protective Services (CPS) case opened during the reporting period 

2010-2011 Results

49 or 4% of families served by intensive family support home visiting programs had an open CPS case during the reporting period.

Outcome 3B

Increased Ability Of Families To Meet Basic Needs

Supporting families’ ability to meet basic needs include connecting them to income, health access and food supports.  While some families are struggling to meet basic needs, they may be ineligible for public supports.  For many families who may be eligible, knowing how to navigate the complex system of community resources is a challenge.

Indicator 1: Trained to Support Family Financial Fitness [more]

Number and description of providers trained who implement financial fitness assessments and support for families and ECE providers 

2010-2011 Results

208 families were assessed for fiscal fitness by community grantees; 105 families received assistance with filing income taxes. 46 budgets were created, 26 families set financial goals and 15 parents opened new checking or savings accounts.

Indicator 2: Teen Parents in School [more]

Proportion of families with a teen mom or pregnant teen caregiver who remained in school or who obtained their high school diploma or equivalent

How do we compare?

The high school drop out rate in Alameda County (26.7%) is higher than most counties in California.  Nationally, one in three (34%) teen mothers, by age 22, have received neither a diploma or a GED, compared with 6% of young women who had not given birth

2010-2011 Results

Completing a high school education (diploma or GED) reduces the risk of subsequent teen pregnancy, which has been linked to even poorer outcomes for mothers and children.


61% IFS (n=457)

62% Special Start (n=39)

61% Teen (n=494)

50% YFC (n=4)

Indicator 3: Eligible Families Receive Financial Supports [more]

Proportion of eligible families receiving F5AC services who obtained financial supports such as CalWORKs, CalLEARN, TANF, etc. 

How do we compare

46% of households in the county pay 30 percent or more of their household income on housing costs. 32% of children enrolled in public schools are eligible for free school lunch.

2010-2011 Results

About one-third of families served through home visiting accessed supplementary income to get by.


34% IFS (n=1,022)

24% Special Start (n=428)

33% Teen (n=407)

59% YFC (n=187)

Indicator 4: ECE Business Plans Developed [more]

Proportion of Early Care and Education providers receiving F5AC support that have financial or business plans in place


F5AC will begin integrating business management consultations as part of the ECE quality improvement strategies starting in FY 2011-12.

Indicator 5: Caregivers Have Health Insurance [more]

Proportion parents or primary caregivers who have health insurance

2010-2011 Results

77% IFS (n=1,207)

72% Special Start (n=600)

71% Teen (n=458)

64% YFC (n=232) 


Outcome 3C

Neighborhoods With Documented Disparities Have The Capacity To Support Strong And Resilient Families

Indicator 1: Partnerships [more]

Number and description of new partnerships with community and public agencies

How do we compare?

Several initiatives began in Alameda County, including F5AC initiatives that focus on building partnerships in East Oakland, especially among partners who support child development.

2010-2011 Results

Project LAUNCH facilitated the convening of providers serving the East Oakland community of supports that serve young children and their families. Partners include representatives from neighborhood development and housing authorities, local obstetric and pediatric clinics, a community library, mental health and public health agencies, a family resource center, health centers, children’s hospital, child care, reading programs, elementary schools, community organizers and parents/family members.  The group is tasked to:

  • Develop processes and protocols to facilitate referrals, warm hand-offs, and collaboration between service providers
  • Improve transitions/referrals between providers that serve 0-5 and 5-8 year old populations, and support parents to manage this transition
  • Identify gaps in services and improve coordination to identify funding for critical unmet service needs

Indicator 2: Improved Linkages Among Neighborhood Supports [more]

Description of improved linkages and efforts to increase families’ access to services in targeted neighborhoods

2010-2011 Results 

Five Neighborhood Partnership grantees (city parks and recreation departments and libraries) provided neighborhood-based school readiness services in high-need neighborhoods. 

  • 1,238 children and 1,036 parents/caregivers were served at 11 sites in Berkeley, Alameda, Oakland, Hayward and Union City.  
  • City programs enhanced outreach through new relationships with community agencies such as WIC and Raising a Reader, enabling them to reach previously unserved families. 
  • One city enhanced its Spanish language library collection for children and another expanded the number of children’s books in Chinese. 
Parenting Supports
Increased Ability Of Families To Meet Basic Needs
Neighborhoods With Documented Disparities Have The Capacity To Support Strong And Resilient Families

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