What We Did
Early education services, day care, home-based and family support services
Number of participants 1,551
Partnered with First 5 and the San Diego County Office of Education in the Quality Preschool Initiative. Through this Initiative three of Easterseals Head Start Centers in N. San Diego County received educational materials and stipends.
Provided more than 500 families with direct support or referral to multiple services including parent education, job training, mental health assistance, emergency housing/food/clothing, and home assistance with utilities/repairs.
Early Head Start and Head Start programs in San Bernardino and N. San Diego Counties received exceptional ratings after government agency reviews indicating the high-quality services provided to children and families.
Why We Did It
Pre-schoolers and siblings Jayden and Mila had specific issues. Jayden had problems with compromised motor skills, rarely spoke, and kept to himself. Mila faced challenges being separated from her mother, bonding with the teachers, and interacting with other children.
“I discovered Easterseals Southern California after searching online for programs geared toward children with potential learning challenges,” their mom Qiana said. “I wanted to make sure to catch any developmental delays. After interviewing some staff members and meeting the director, I thought the Easterseals Child Development Center (CDC) in my area would be a good choice.
Within a short amount of time, Qiana noticed significant improvements thanks to the CDC teachers. Jayden became stronger, walking steadily thanks to all the activities he did each day at the CDC. Mila has blossomed as well—talking more, interacting with other children and expressing her opinions.
“The Early Head Start Services Jayden and Mila have been receiving has given them social, emotional and education skills to prepare them for kindergarten and beyond,” said Elizabeth Mulligan, CDC Area Director.