1. We continued to serve very low-income families. In a survey of 3,000 families new to our services, nearly half (46%) earned less than $15,000 last year. Most of the children had health insurance, with 70% enrolled in Medi-Cal. Thirty-five percent of mothers did not have a high school diploma.
2. More children are receiving developmental screening. Our funded programs provided developmental screening for 1,560 children. Of these, one in five had a possible developmental delay and needed additional assessments. Our Family Survey revealed that 24% of parents were concerned their child was not developing on track.
3. Child behavior problems and parental stress decreased. Mental health therapeutic services were provided to 300 children experiencing serious behavioral problems. These services helped reduce aggressive behavior, attention problems, depression, and anxiety among participating children. Parents completing Triple P parenting workshops reported the classes reduced child behavior problems, helped them to set effective limits, and decreased their stress, anxiety and depression.
4. First 5 Centers are attracting new families. Of the nearly 1,750 families attending classes or workshops at a First 5 Center last year, 66% were new to the program. Classes offered at the Centers continued to grow, with each offering approximately 38 different classes every month.
5. 440 children gained access to high-quality preschool programs. We awarded Preschool Makes a Difference scholarships to 286 children last year, enabling low-income children to attend quality preschool. An additional 155 children attended a Family Literacy Preschool, a program for children whose parents are attending adult education English classes at the same site.
6. College academic advisors served 1,220 child care providers. The academic advisors we fund at the county’s three community colleges helped child care providers to access textbook loans, tutoring, and special classes designed for early childhood educators. Nearly 140 providers either earned an AA degree or completed coursework for their Early Childhood Education major.
7. Teen parents are graduating or staying in school. The two programs we fund to support teen parents helped 160 pregnant or parenting teens last year; 87% either completed or continued their high school education. At the end of the school year, the parents said they were more likely to discipline their child appropriately and felt their child was easier to take care of.
8. Two homeless shelters served 109 babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Family shelters in Martinez and Richmond continued providing critical services to homeless families with very young children, including parenting classes, developmental screening for children, preschool assessments, mental health services, and Triple P workshops.
We will be updating our online Data Dashboard once we’ve compiled and reviewed all of the data collected from last fiscal year. Stay tuned!