By working in collaboration, we are able to have a greater impact for children and families and help to shape the systems that support them. Meet the partners we collaborate with across our focus areas.
Through Quality Counts San Mateo County, SMCOE supports early learning quality improvement efforts, providing coaching, training, incentives, and other supports to participating center-based and family childcare early learning programs.
Subcontractor: 4Cs of San Mateo County
As a close partner in First 5’s quality care and education efforts, SMCOE’s Early Childhood Quality and Inclusion Project helps early learning providers create inclusive environments through capacity building and quality improvement efforts. The initiative also supports families of children with special needs to find appropriate programs.
Subcontractors and partners: 4Cs of San Mateo County, StarVista, Community Equity Collaborative, Child Care Partnership Council, Build UP, The Big Lift, Good2Know Network, IHSD- Institute and Human and Social Development EHS/Head Start, Early Childhood Language Development Institute, Lifesteps Foundation, Abilitypath
AbilityPath is First 5’s partner in Help Me Grow, supporting children’s healthy development by identifying and treating children with special needs, promoting Help Me Grow and developmental screening among pediatricians, and strengthening the early identification and intervention system.
Funded subpartners: Legal Aid of SMC, Starvista, Lifesteps Foundation Children and Family Services, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Stanford Children’s Health -Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Stanford Children’s Health Government Relations
First 5 is collaboratively funding TRISI along with San Mateo County Health and MHSA funding. Two organizations, Hamai Consulting and East Bay Agency for Children’s Trauma Transformed (T2), are developing learning cohorts, which will help to support and create a more trauma-informed approach among the child- and family-serving workforce.
Through Parents at the Table, 4Cs links Parent Voices participants with leadership opportunities in other local initiatives, helping ensure that parents are involved in the programming and decision-making of family-focused initiatives across the county.
CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) provides domestic violence mental health services and supports to parents and young children, and leads a Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) that ensures a trauma-informed approach to smooth referral pathways for domestic violence victims.
Family Connections engages at-risk families in a bilingual, culturally-responsive, quality family learning community, which takes place within three early learning programs in the southern part of the county. The program fosters strong parent-child attachments and strengthens parent resiliency. More intensive supports are available to families in need.
First 5 partners with IHSD to engage at risk, low income families to promote healthy parent-child relationships. IHSD utilizes authentic family engagement strategies, including Father Engagement and Parent Leadership approaches, for families in its Head Start and Early Head Start early learning programs.
Peninsula Family Service is funded by First 5 to provide therapeutic treatment addressing toxic stress and trauma for homeless toddlers and preschoolers (18+ months) in culturally competent, bilingual, early learning settings at two family shelters, First Step for Families and Haven Family House.
Puente is funded to provide a bilingual parent-participatory cooperative preschool serving south coast children and families. The co-op utilizes authentic family engagement and parent involvement approaches for toddlers and parents, activity groups for parents and infants, and Trauma Transformed trainings for parents and providers.
First 5 funds SMCOE to increase the capacity of family serving providers to authentically engage families, through provider and parent leader skill building opportunities and peer networking groups, including Friday CAFEs.
StarVista provides two services to support high-risk families. Bilingual and culturally sensitive mental health home visiting services help mitigate the impact of toxic stress and trauma and help prevent child abuse. Additional programming focusings on authentic father engagement and supporting fathers through coaching, Father Cafes, and fatherhood workshops.