Yolo County Children's Alliance
916-375-6258 ext. 6343
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We connect hundreds of English, Spanish, and Russian speaking families to available community services. Every year we assist an average of 900 people with health insurance, food subsidies, and more.

- Resource and Referral: helping families access services for which they are eligible
- Access to Food: Weekly fresh produce distribution, open to everyone; CalFresh enrollment - ongoing assistance to purchase groceries
- Developmental Screenings: developmental and behavioral health assessment for children 0-5 including referral and assistance accessing follow up treatment if necessary
- Step by Step/Paso a Paso Home Visiting: one on one personalized parenting, health, and resource support for pregnant mothers and families with newborns
- CalWORKs Child Care Subsidy Payment Program: working with Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency, parents, and child care providers, we facilitate payment to providers for their services
- Health Insurance Enrollment, Retention, and Navigation: Covered California & Medi-Cal enrollment assistance; we help you get enrolled, stay enrolled and understand your health insurance benefits
- Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA): free tax return preparation assistance including assistance to claim earned income tax credit and other tax credits
- CalFresh: assistance enrolling in and understanding how to use the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - monthly cash benefits to help purchase food
Program Successes
- 5,040 bags of fresh fruits and vegetables distributed to 796 families in West Sacramento & Clarksburg.
- 580 people enrolled and retained into the CalFresh Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which improves health and well-being by providing monthly cash benefits to meet nutritional needs.
- 1,290 people enrolled or re-enrolled in MediCal and Covered California medical insurance.
- 518 Thanksgiving meal bags distributed to West Sacramento families during YCCA's 13th Annual West Sacramento Community Give Away Day.
- $3,165,754 returned to low-income households in Yolo county through the Yolo VITA Coalition which provides free, accurate tax preparation assistance throughout Yolo county, led by YCCA. YCCA's West Sacramento Family Resource Center assisted 369 households to claim $692,438 in refunds.
- 98 pregnant and parenting families received Healthy Families Yolo County home visiting services which provide practical support for accessing basic needs and community resources and aim to improve the infant-parent relationship by enhancing skills, promoting healthy child development, and supporting bonding in a safe home environment.
- 541 backpacks stuffed with school supplies distributed to West Sacramento school kids.
- 674 people assisted with housing-related services to improve the lives of those unstably housed or experiencing homelessness. We support permanent and temporary housing placement; facilitate access to non-cash benefits, utilities, medical services, and deposit and application assistance; and provide food and hygiene products.
- In partnership with Yolo Child Welfare Services, YCCA offers in-home support to recently reunified families as well as families facing safety challenges. YCCA helps families develop parenting skills using the Nurturing Parenting ProgramĀ® curriculum. Our goal is to help families feel confident in navigating parenting as well as in providing a warm, safe, and loving home environment.
Each of YCCA's efforts, tools, resources, and connections empower Yolo county families to be healthy and strong and offer children the best chance of thriving and growing.

- Yolo Family Strengthening Network: lead convener of and backbone support to more than 20 Yolo County agencies and organizations, working together to identify and implement strategies to support and empower families and children.
- Child Abuse Prevention Committee: lead convener of and backbone support to Child Abuse Prevention Council of Yolo County
- Lead agency for Yolo County Community Health Initiative: The goal of the Yolo County Community Health Initiative (YCHI) is to provide access for Yolo County residents to health insurance and quality, affordable health care services, including mental health services, dental health services, vision services and prescription services. Since 2005, YCCA has accepted primary responsibility for securing funding, staff resources, and political/community support for the YCHI. This initiative is a county-wide, inter-agency partnership aimed at reducing the number of uninsured individuals living in Yolo County. Through an extensive outreach and enrollment program, YCHI creates "one-stop-shopping" for individuals and families seeking health coverage.

Strategically, all our programs align with and are informed by The Strengthening FamiliesTM Framework, a research-informed approach to increasing family strengths, enhancing child development, and reducing child abuse and neglect.

Created by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, it focuses on building 5 Protective Factors in families:
- Parental Resilience
- Social Connections
- Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
- Concrete Support in Times of Need
- Social and Emotional Competence of Children
Program Successes
- 1,290 people enrolled or re-enrolled in MediCal and Covered California medical insurance.
- 67 providers and community members attended two Resilience movie screenings during Child Abuse Prevention Month.
- 180 people attended this year's Community Baby Shower. A collaboration with Yolo County Health and Human Services (HHSA), this event brings together pregnant and parenting families and resources and has doubled in size since it began 3 years ago. Over 26 local organizations provided interactive education games, information, baby supplies, and activities.
- 78 participants at our 3rd annual Homeless Resource Fair received hygiene kits, dog and cat food, a warm meal, games, and resources from our community partners.
- YCCA's Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Natalie Audage, with Congressman John Garamendi being recognized as one of the recipients of the 2018 Woman of the Year Award for her outstanding leadership and service in improving the lives of children, youth, and families in California's District 3 and specifically Yolo county.
- 32 youth enrolled in the Youth Workforce Innovation & Opportunity (WIOA) program were provided with skills development, training, and case management services to transition to post-secondary education, career training, or career employment positions.
- In partnership with Stanford Youth Solutions, YCCA now offers one-on-one mental/behavioral health services and supports for children and youth who are struggling. YCCA works with youth, their families, and clinicians to develop an individualized plan focused on family strengths and the emotional, behavioral health and well-being of the youth.
Parenting can be a stressful and overwhelming job and that added stress only makes it harder. We know that there is no one singular formula for raising children rather, it is a hundred little things that make the biggest impact on a child's health, safety, and well-being. That is where we come in: we lead, coordinate, connect, support, educate, and advocate - EVERY DAY - to help parents reach their goals. 5 free, downloadable parent guides and toolkits: https://www.yolokids.org/parent-education-guides

- Nurturing Parenting Program: a series of classes to develop parenting skills, promote healthy physical and emotional development, and self-awareness and nurturing for the parent.
- Early Childhood Education: parent-child interactive workshops to increase skills and confidence in ability to be child's first teacher, and develop school readiness.
Program Successes
- Funded by First 5 Yolo and the Davis City Council, the CHILD Project pilot expanded the Healthy Families Yolo County home visiting program (formerly called Step by Step/Paso a Paso) to include increased outreach, Resource & Referral, and an individualized needs assessment for patients at the Davis CommuniCare perinatal clinic. The pilot was so impactful that First 5 Yolo and their collaborative partners, including YCCA, were awarded an Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) Road to Resilience grant (R2R) to expand CHILD Project services to CommuniCare perinatal clinics in both Woodland and West Sacramento. This program increases Healthy Families Yolo County's capacity to offer support service and home visiting to pregnant and/or parenting women with current or past substance abuse.
- 98 pregnant and parenting families received Healthy Families Yolo County home visiting services which provide practical support for accessing basic needs and community resources and aim to improve the infant-parent relationship by enhancing skills, promoting healthy child development, and supporting bonding in a safe home environment.
- 267 children & parents participated in Play School Experience, an interactive play environment in which children learn school readiness skills and parents learn about child development, addressing challenging behaviors, and ways to support their children and each other.
- 420 developmental screenings administered to children under 5 years, including connections to appropriate community resources.