Brief • May 6, 2020
California has some of the lowest developmental screening and early intervention rates in the country, and the COVID-19 crisis has both exposed and exacerbated these deep inequities. This First 5 Center for Children’s Policy paper asserts that now is a critical time to evaluate and improve California’s early identification and intervention (EII) system by leveraging the state’s existing county Help Me Grow (HMG) systems.
“Connecting a child to critical services can dramatically change the trajectory of his or her life, but families continue to face barriers to accessing these services,” said Sarah Crow, managing director of the First 5 Center for Children’s Policy. “By leveraging Help Me Grow, California can create a more equitable EII system and put our youngest children on the path to success.”
May 15, 2020
California should develop a strategy to collect and use kindergarten readiness data in every county and across the state, in order to improve school outcomes and direct funding for early childhood programs in the most effective way.
Sep 24, 2019
California needs a system of care for Medi-Cal eligible infants and toddlers that is grounded in family wellness and community, this paper co-released by First 5 Center and California Children’s Trust asserts.