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.”
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This brief summarizes a literature review and key informant interviews with KRI developers, early childhood advocates, educators, and researchers, and highlights four key considerations that may help local early childhood and education leaders, state policy makers and others create more equity-focused systems for California’s families.
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This concept paper explores California’s opportunity to improve the health and development of young children by leveraging the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Health Services Initiatives (HSIs).
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To understand home visitors’ workforce development needs, the First 5 Center for Children’s Policy commissioned ZERO TO THREE to conduct focus groups and surveys with home visitors who had participated in professional development opportunities. This brief explores the three key lessons that emerged from that research.