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."
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.
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
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
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
Nationally estimated rates of depression among pregnant, postpartum and parenting women range from 5% to 25%
42 of 84 (50%) parents screened positive for depression in agencies receiving community grants; 41were referred for services and 29 received services.
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)
One community grantee screened for domestic violence, and in this agency, 5 families reported recent DV and 1 reported past DV.
No data to report.
One community grantee agency screened for substance abuse, and 3 families reported current or past substance abuse.
49 or 4% of families served by intensive family support home visiting programs had an open CPS case during the reporting period.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
F5AC will begin integrating business management consultations as part of the ECE quality improvement strategies starting in FY 2011-12.
77% IFS (n=1,207)
72% Special Start (n=600)
71% Teen (n=458)
64% YFC (n=232)
Several initiatives began in Alameda County, including F5AC initiatives that focus on building partnerships in East Oakland, especially among partners who support child development.
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:
Five Neighborhood Partnership grantees (city parks and recreation departments and libraries) provided neighborhood-based school readiness services in high-need neighborhoods.