Yolo County Children's Alliance
916-375-6343 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
The weekly food distribution program at the West Sacramento Family Resource Center and the bi-weekly distribution in Clarksburg continues to be of great success due to the partnership with the Yolo Food Bank and the generous donations of nonperishable food items from community members.
- Each year YCCA has feeds an average of 800 unduplicated families in West Sacramento alone.
- In 2016, Step by Step celebrated its first official referral of a home visitation client to the Moving Beyond Depression program.
- Step by Step is proud to be the second home visitation program in California to pilot this ground breaking program that provides in home therapy services to clients that would most likely never come into a clinic despite their great need of the service.
- Moving Beyond Depression is not just in home therapy sessions, but a program designed specifically for clients of a home visitation program like Step by Step.
- We look forward to reporting more on the progress made by what we perceive to be an essential service provided to the community of Yolo County.
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/Child Abuse Prevention Committee: 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.
- Youth Promotores Program: an intensive training program that engages youth to serve as messengers, advocates and educators to West Sacramento's underserved communities; the Youth Promotores will provide outreach and education to over 800 residents of West Sacramento - mobilizing the community around the Health Happens Here movement - across four distinct target groups: children, peers, parents, and seniors.
- 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. Yolo Community Health Initiative is co-chaired by YCCA's Executive Director and a local Kaiser Permanente Physician.

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
- For the past two years the youth health advocates (promotores) have been working on the issue of homelessness, meeting at least twice a month, with student led meetings and elections.
- The Youth Promotores are excited to be participating in the city wide survey of unsheltered persons in 2017; the main purpose of this group is to empower the voices of the youth.
- In the beginning, the youth were quiet and reserved; now, there are three committed leaders who run the meetings and opinions from all are expressed and heard.
- Often times they quote "Be the change you wish to see in the world"; being a Youth Promotor is an opportunity for youth to become leaders in their community and make a difference in the world.
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 wellbeing. That is where we come in: we lead, coordinate, connect, support, educate, and advocate - EVERY DAY - to help parents reach their goals.
- Talk + Play = Connect: parent toolkit for fun ways to engage with their children.
- Strengthening FamiliesTM Protective Factors Framework Presentations: presentations to service providers, community groups, and others about The Center for the Study of Social Policy's Strengthening Families Framework for child abuse prevention.
- Period of Purple Crying Outreach: in partnership with Yolo County birthing hospitals, distribution of Period of PURPLE Crying materials, which educate new parents about Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma, baby safety, dealing with crying babies, and self-care during the stressful first months.
- 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.
- Foster Kinship Care Education: administrative support of education and training for care providers to meet the emotional, behavioral and developmental needs of children in out-of-home care.
Program Successes
- We developed the first campaign in Yolo County to address Shaken Baby Syndrome, which includes presentations and distribution of education and outreach materials.
- In 2016, YCCA delivered 608 Period of PURPLE Crying DVDs to Sutter Birthing Hospital and Woodland Dignity Healthcare Birthing Hospital.
- In 2016, the Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) was a great success at Westfield Village and Elkhorn Village elementary school with 24 families successfully receiving a certificate of completion.
- FRC staff is currently in the process of planning for additional workshops at Westmore Oaks Elementary School and Yolo High School in West Sacramento.