American Canyon Family Resource Center (ACFRC) - $50,000
ACFRC offers one-to-one support to help families succeed by focusing on prevention and intervention with links to health and social services—which is essential for families who are struggling with day-to-day parenting concerns and financial issues. Assistance can come in the form of helping families obtain basic necessities, reducing social isolation, and increasing families' abilities to contribute to their children's well being and deal with a range of issues. ACFRC also provides financial coaching, child development classes, and parent and health education classes.
Calistoga Family Center (CFC) - $100,000
CFC's activities target the community at large. For example, to prepare children for success in school, CFC not only provides school-readiness backpacks for children entering kindergarten but also offers home-based parenting classes, workshops to support parents in their role as the child's first and most important teacher, and preschool activities. To help build healthy families, CFC helps them secure health insurance, hosts an annual community health fair, and partners with Clinic Ole to provide medical and dental care on site at CFC. Additionally, CFC provides financial literacy programs.
Children's Health Initiative (CHI) -$270,000
Research has shown that enrolling children in comprehensive health insurance plans makes it far more likely that they will use preventive health services. CHI provides services to make sure that each child can obtains a medical and dental “home,” and receives necessary preventive services, including immunizations, routine physicals, oral health exams and other health screenings. CHI also helps enroll families in the Calfresh Program (food stamps) and the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) eligibility.
Healthy Moms & Babies (HM&B)--a service of Community Health Clinic Ole - $72,000
Looking to reduce the rise in childhood obesity, particularly among Latino infants, HM&B is piloting a Latino infant nutrition program to educate parents how the the delayed introduction of solid foods decreases the chances of obesity in children. In addition, HM&B is focused on preventing pre-term and low birth-weight babies through education and support for mothers.
COPE Family Center - $150,000
Child abuse negatively affects not only the victims, but also the community by increasing the need for mental health and substance abuse treatment, educational assistance, police interventions, public assistance and loss in workforce productivity. Research shows that “in communities where residents know what services are available and where there are strong formal and informal social support networks, child maltreatment rates are lower than in those communities where there is a high degree of isolation” (Schorr & Marchand, 2007).
COPE's family resource center's primary prevention strategies focus on prevention prior to allegations of abuse or neglect through a variety of services: parent education workshops and one-on-one child development assessments; providing community education countywide and in elementary schools; offering tax clinics, financial education, referral to subsidy programs and asset building for helping families understand and improvie their economic situation; and engaging volunteers to extend the impact of work. COPE also targets at-risk families by providing home visitation, crisis intervention and emergency aid. Early-intervention activities target families that have child abuse or neglect reports or have demonstrated the need for intervention and include home visitation, supervised visitation and parent education.
Napa CASA - $52,000
Infants and toddlers constitute more than one quarter of all children who are abused or neglected and they are the largest single group of children entering care. A study of young children in child welfare found that about 40% of toddlers and 50% of preschoolers have high developmental and behavioral needs.
CASA advocates for early-intervention services to help children between the ages of 0-3 because studies show that infants and toddlers who were assigned an advocate obtained services more often than children without advocates. CASA provides an advocate and mentor to help youth as they go through challenging life transitions, including dealing with stressful changes at home or transitioning from placement to placement and to adulthood. Matching youth with responsible, caring adults has grown in popularity as both a prevention and intervention strategy over the past decade. Close, healthy, supportive relationships between mentors and children that last for a significant portion of time (i.e., more than one year) are central to success.
Napa Emergency Women's Services (NEWS) - $100,000
According to the most recent National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, approximately 10% of adolescents nationwide reported being the victim of physical violence at the hands of a romantic partner in the past year, and 20-30% reported being verbally or psychologically abused, according to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
To reverse this on the local level, NEWS provides prevention education presentations in English and Spanish to students in grades 6-12 about building healthy relationships. The training focuses on students' ability to differentiate between sexual harassment and mutual respect, how to communicate and negotiate to prevent and resolve conflicts, and ultimately how to recognize the components of a healthy relationship. NEWS reached 1,006 children through 28 school presentations last year, and students reported an increased awareness of the topic, as well as changes in attitude regarding the issue. NEWS also educates partner agencies, health fairs and community groups to recognize domestic violence and sexual assault and how to access resources and services.
NEWS also focuses on at-risk and underserved groups such as the LGBTQ community, senior centers, farm workers and low-income populations. NEWS builds community awareness through its Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month Clothesline Project and its Coaches Sexual Assault Commitment Pledge, where coaches throughout the community pledge to recognize and report any suspected abuse of children they coach. It also holds a candlelight vigil to honor survivors and raise awareness. Last year, 114 general presentations reached 4,931 participants.
ParentsCAN (PCAN) - $50,000
As a Family Resource Center, PCAN is an entry point for families with children with special needs to access resources to meet those needs. This encompasses families with children with autism, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexia, cerebral palsy and diabetes, and PCAN helps them reduce risk factors and stressors; build protective factors and skills and increases support, while promoting positive cognitive, social and emotional development for the child.
Specialized services help these families cope with the emotional toll of caring for their children and help create family stability. These include access to subsidy programs and benefits designed for families with children with special healthcare needs. Family support programs are a proven and effective prevention strategy for addressing the many challenges families face by building on the strengths of families to empower parents to care for their children.
Planned Parenthood - $150,000
Nearly all of the health care services provided by the Napa office are preventive, and include family planning, testing and treatment for STDs (including HIV/AIDS), cervical and testicular cancer screening and management of abnormal results, screening for breast cancer and referrals for mammograms, physical examinations and selected immunizations. A satellite site in the Napa Health Department provides preventive care.
Parent workshops give parents and caregivers skills to help them discuss sex and sexuality with their children. In classroom-based education, students learn about reproductive anatomy, birth control methods, and STD prevention. They are also taught how to discuss safer sex with a partner to reinforce healthy decision-making. Trained teen peer educators reach their peers about STDs and pregnancy prevention through activities, such as open mic nights and health fairs. Planned Parenthood also offers crucial STD- and pregnancy-prevention education, and HIV testing in homeless shelters, recovery programs, and low-income housing neighborhoods. Case management services help pregnant and parenting teens stay in and graduate from high school, as well as avoid a second teen pregnancy.
Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center - $50,000
Puertas Abiertas addresses various challenges faced by low-income Latino families by bringing together services and resources that educate and develop skills within families so they become healthier and more engaged in their communities. The Center focuses on helping isolated families connect with other parents, resources and activities that facilitate mutual support, strengthen parenting skills, and protect children; building parent resilience by working with parents to help them recognize and acknowledge difficulties from challenging situations, and build on their strengths to solve problems as they arise; increasing parents' knowledge and understanding of child development and helping them guide their children in making choices that will improve school performance and academic achievement; as well as providing emergency services to meet basic economic needs for families to survive and thrive: food, shelter, clothing and health care.
St Helena Family Center (SHFC) - $100,000
SHFC provides a safe, accessible place for families to connect with services that help them strengthen their families and become more self-reliant. Programs at the Center are tailored to the culture, resources and needs of the community they serve, and focus on building on the strengths of each family.
SHFC's primary prevention include resource referral and access to services; on-site early childhood education programs; parent education/engaging parents in schools, family economic success tax clinic and financial education; mental health programs; English as a second language, nutrition and exercise classes; holiday assistance and walk-in bill-paying services.
Other activities target at-risk families: home visitation; crisis intervention; emergency financial assistance; Latino youth mentoring; social and emotional learning, therapeutic counseling; men's and women's support groups; and parenting education. For families that have abuse/neglect reports or have multiple risk factors, SHFC offers domestic violence counseling and support; home visitation; crisis management and emergency financial assistance.