On April 7, 2010 Commission members were presented with a comprehensive overview of the current “Service Payback Agreements” that a number of community based organizations have with the Commission. The Agreements provide one-time funding for organizations in exchange for the provision of services to families and children in Orange County. Services such as; pediatric dental care, emergency and transitional shelter for homeless families, early developmental screenings to identify developmental disabilities and health and wellness education and activities are covered under the Agreements. These Service Payback Agreements enable numerous community-based organizations to provide vital – and otherwise difficult to access – services to thousands of children and their families.
To honor and celebrate mothers, HomeAid Orange County in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and the YMCA of Orange County, are leading a community-wide drive to collect “essential” baby items (diapers, baby wipes, baby food, baby hygiene products) for homeless mothers and their children.
The Children and Families Commission’s Reach Out and Read program partnered with UCI’s Department of Education to offer a field study course in early literacy and childhood education. Students received ongoing training and mentoring from the Early Literacy program staff, and were deployed across the county in Reach Out and Read pediatric offices and clinics reading to young children. The nationwide program promotes early literacy and school readiness with a research-tested, evidence-based model that’s proven to help children develop the language skills they will need to learn to read and succeed in school.
The LEAPS Project, supported by the Children’s and Families Commission of Orange County and Newport Mesa Unified School District, recently launched its You Make the Difference program. The program is designed to support parents of typically developing children, birth to five years old who would like to learn more about fostering and enriching their child’s early language, social and literacy development. It also provides support to vulnerable families whose children’s learning may be at risk due to environmental or societal challenges. For those parents who have limited communication skills or who may feel isolated and have limited social networks, You Make the Difference helps parents connect with other families and resources in their community.
Children & Families Commission of Orange County Honors 10 People Making a Difference in the Lives of Young Children