coverphotoLast year was another productive one at First 5 Contra Costa. Our funded programs and activities continued to improve the lives of our county’s most vulnerable children, and reached over 30,000 parents, children and providers.

2015-16 Highlights:

1,830 families participated in First 5 Center classes and activities. Over the course of services, parents reported an increase in parenting knowledge, child development, and where to find help for their family. Parents also read to their children more, and for longer periods of time, after participating.

107 child care sites – caring for 3,500 children – participated in Quality Matters, our Quality Rating & Improvement System.

  • 95 of the sites were rated and nearly all met or significantly exceeded quality standards. Only four percent earned ratings below quality standards.
  • 55 Quality Matters sites were rated a second time. During the two-year period between ratings, each site received coaching, incentives and support focused on areas for improvement.
  • Of the re-rated sites, 45% increased ratings, 49% stayed the same, and only 5% decreased. Thirteen of 18 family child care programs increased their ratings.

screeningOur funded programs provided developmental screening to 1,783 children. 27% needed further assessment for possible developmental delays and 22% needed careful monitoring in one or more developmental domain. First 5 Centers screened 40% more children compared to the prior year.

The Help Me Grow 211 phone referral line helped 474 families find free developmental screening and other services to help children reach their optimal development. Nearly half the calls were from clients who lived in Antioch or Pittsburg.

Mental health consultants assisted early educators caring for children with challenging behavior. Of the 287 children who completed services, 71 percent remained in their child care setting and another 22% were moved to a more beneficial settings. Teachers, parents and consultants reported improvements in children’s behavior.

Three grassroots parents groups used their assessments of 75 parks in 5 cities to garner $2.5 million in funding to refurbish some of the county’s most neglected parks. They also helped get millions in federal grants to improve safety for pedestrians on heavily trafficked streets in Concord and San Pablo and began working on housing and rent control issues in Concord.

Stay tuned for more data and outcomes to be posted on our Data Dashboard in the coming months.