Routinely screening children below age 6 can help identify developmental, social-emotional, and behavioral health issues. Connecting families to early intervention services can assist in preventing identified issues from becoming long-term, pervasive problems that affect a child’s ability to learn and thrive.
FIRST 5 in partnership with the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department fund and facilitate care coordination to ensure that children and families receive access to comprehensive prevention and high-quality early intervention services through the KidConnections Network of Providers.
Screenings & Assessments
Providers use a comprehensive screening and assessment process that looks at children’s developmental, social-emotional, and relational needs in the context of their family and community setting.
Providers offer therapy to address and remediate any concerns identified during the assessment process. Providers utilize evidence-based treatment models that best fit the family and child’s assessed needs, such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy.
Home Visitation Services
Providers offer support, guidance and coaching to families to support child development. Providers are trained and offer evidence-based treatment models such as the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.
KCN (KidConnections Network) collaborates with the Santa Clara County Office of Education to support families. KCN connects child(ren) to educational and developmental services such as the Early Start Program and School District services that address developmental needs affecting a child’s learning, like speech and motor development.