Priority Outcome 4A: Increase implementation of successful strategies to reduce iron deficiency anemia through collaboration with community partners
Strategy 4A1: Monitor implementation and impact of emerging efforts to prevent iron deficiency anemia in children
In 2008, 18.4% of children under five in Sonoma County had iron deficiency anemia—one of the highest rates in California. The local rate is highest for 12-17 month olds—19.9%. In Sonoma County, one out of every two newborns is eligible for the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program. Program changes occurring now at WIC will introduce meat as infants’ first solid food. It is anticipated that the effect on iron-deficiency anemia will be substantial. Nutritional guidance is also a significant element in the Nurse-Family Partnership home visiting program, which will reach first-time, low-income mothers, as well as the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program. First 5 staff will monitor the impact of these and other associated efforts and identify areas where First 5 could add value and/ or address gaps.
Priority Outcome 4B: Increase the community’s capacity to address children’s oral health needs through collaboration with community partners
Strategy 4B1: Monitor implementation and impact of the WIC pilot project on children’s oral health and seek opportunities to bring this effort to scale
First 5 Sonoma County has partnered with the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and the Dental Health Foundation to implement a pilot project to provide dental assessments, parent education, fluoride varnish, and care coordination for needed treatment of children enrolled in county WIC programs. First 5 staff will monitor the impact of this effort and apply lessons learned from the pilot project to expand to other WIC clients.
Priority Outcome 4C: Reduce child abuse and neglect and promote early childhood mental health through collaboration with community partners to identify, implement, and sustain high quality intervention and support for families with substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence issues.
Strategy 4C2: Partner with Mental Health Services Act-Prevention and Early Intervention 0-5 Efforts and with Maternal Child and Adolescent Health to identify women with perinatal mood disorder and connect them with services
First 5 Sonoma County staff will work collaboratively with MHSA-PEI and community partners to facilitate trainings, data collection, and reporting and advocate for policies that increase perinatal mood disorder treatment capacity.
Strategy 4C3: Partner with Child Welfare Services and other agencies serving highest-risk families to implement Triple P-Positive Parenting Program and other early childhood mental health supports
First 5 Sonoma County will improve early childhood socialemotional health by facilitating systems change in agencies working with Sonoma County’s highest-risk families. Specifically, First 5 will support these agencies to integrate the Triple P-- Positive Parenting Program and other selected evidence-based practices into their services and programs for high-risk families.
Strategy 4C4: Work with community partners to develop a trauma informed community by raising awareness of the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) on a child’s developing brain and body that has long lasting effects throughout a lifetime
First 5 will work with community partners in order to (1) build awareness of ACEs (2) effect policy changes in all family serving systems that are trauma informed, and (3) enhance community capacity to screen and treat for ACEs.
Priority Outcome 4D: Increase family economic self-sufficiency and reduce the impacts of poverty on children 0-5 through collaboration with community partners.
Strategy 4D1: Connect families to resources, such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), CalFresh, financial counseling, and other assistance programs
Guidance about nutrition, community resource, and employment are significant elements in the NFP home visiting program, which will reach first-time, low-income mothers, and in the AVANCE Parent-Child Education program for low-educational level, Spanish-speaking parents of children birth-3.
Strategy 4D2: Support and encourage family economic self-sufficiency by funding the evidence-based programs AVANCE and NFP
Specific outcomes achieved in a 15-year follow-up for participants in the Nurse-Family Partnership include increases in
father involvement and mother’s employment, both indicators of increased family economic self-sufficiency. Similarly, outcomes for
AVANCE program participants include increased maternal participation in the workforce, decreased reliance on public
benefits, and increased maternal income.
Priority Outcome 4E: Collaborate with early care education and K-3 systems to:
- Increase parents’ engagement as partners in education and increase families’ connection to related resources
- Increase alignment and articulation between early care education and K-3
- Identify and increase institutionalization of successful school readiness strategies and programs
Strategy 4E1: Collaborate with schools and local communities to establish effective school readiness programs and services
First 5 staff will work to enhance existing partnerships with school systems and identify opportunities. Sharing evaluation data and providing small competitive grants and incentives has proven to be a successful strategy in rooting these programs in school systems. We will be alert for opportunities to leverage future funding from First 5 California and other funders in this arena. First 5 will assist in the development of data sharing agreements with school districts in order to measure the effects of early education services on later academic achievement and providing local data that could support continued investment in early care and education services. First 5 will provide initial funding for facility grants that can leverage additional sources of sustainable funds in the community by using state, federal, Title I, LCAP and private funding for preschool or school readiness services to serve children 3 to 4 years old.
Priority Outcome 4F: Increase alignment of systems of academic advancement for early care and education providers in Sonoma County through collaboration with community partners
Strategy 4F1: Convene Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University to establish an articulated system of academic offerings for early care and education providers
SSU offers an Early Childhood Education minor to provide the prerequisite courses for the Elementary Education Teaching Credential program and accepts SRJC child development units as electives toward this ECE minor. The ECE minor core courses are also approved courses for the Child Development Permit. With this foundation in place, First 5 staff will convene appropriate SRJC and SSU representatives to assess the feasibility of offering a bachelor’s degree in child development, and if appropriate, coordinate developing a plan to establish such a degree.
Priority Outcome 4G: Advocate for programs and policies that increase children’s ability to develop to their fullest potential
Strategy 4G1: Collaborate with other First 5 Commissions to advance programs and policies that support children and families
First 5 Sonoma County will continue to be an active participant in the First 5 Association of California. The Association works to improve the lives of California’s youngest children and their families through an effective, coordinated, and inclusive implementation of the California Children and Families Act at the local and state levels.
Strategy 4G2: Collaborate with local child-serving agencies to advocate for policy changes to better serve and support children and families
The current state of the economy has resulted in the contracting of state and county budgets with dire consequences for programs and services for children and families. First 5 Sonoma County will actively work with other child- and family-serving agencies to advocate for policies and resources that not only maintain, but also improve, effective services for Sonoma County’s children and families.
Priority Outcome 4H: Strengthen the organizational operating capacity of child and family serving community-based provider agencies to sustain high quality programs and support critical systems through capacity building activities and grants
Strategy 4H1: Develop and implement a three-year learning community cohort that will strengthen operational processes and systems
within eight community-based organizations that provide critical services and support for children 0-5 and their families.
First 5 will develop a capacity-building program in collaboration with other local funders to strengthen the overall sustainability of 0-5
serving community-based organizations. Organizations will be supported through an independent consultant who will guide
leaders through a process of collectively identifying and concretely addressing barriers to sustainability. The program will include grants
for general operating support for participating organizations who meet specific criteria.