Sharon Boles, PhD & Rebecca Hernandez, MSEd

Evaluation Manager, Children and Families Commission of Orange County
Program Manager, Help Me Grow Orange County

A strategic priority for the Children and Families Commission of Orange County is to ensure access to early developmental/behavioral screenings and to connect children to services as early as possible to optimize their healthy development. For over a decade, the Commission has focused on expanding the capacity for children in Orange County to receive age-appropriate, standardized screening.

In 2007, the Commission convened a Pathways Leadership Committee comprised of a diverse group of leaders in health care, government, education, and community-based organizations to build on existing developmental services to optimize developmental service systems. The May 6, 2015 meeting presentation provides a snapshot of the status of developmental screening and impact on special education services.

Sharon Boles PhD is the Commission’s Evaluation Manager. Her presentation is an overview of the Commission’s investments as well as an analysis of 13 years of trend data on special education services in Orange County.

Rebecca Hernandez, MSEd is the Program Manager of Help Me Grow Orange County, a Commission funded program that connects families to developmental services. Ms. Hernandez provided a brief overview of the pivotal role of the program as system coordinator in the referral process.

To view Dr. Boles’ and Ms. Hernandez’s full presentation, click here.