Programs

Programs and Services

We offer no cost, innovative programs that aim to keep children safe from harm. Direct KidsFirst services include child and family therapy, healing therapy, parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), postpartum depression therapy, after-school youth enrichment, peer-to-peer mentoring, tutoring, support groups, parenting classes, in-home parent education, health insurance and CalFresh enrollment assistance. Community workshops, parent leadership training, referrals, and resources are also available.

We provide free, friendly, accessible community hubs so families have a lasting network of wellness and support. We provide concrete support to children and families in times of need. We recognize and respond to early warning signs of child abuse and neglect, value and support parents, foster support among families, and strengthen parenting.

We also respond to crises, link families to services, opportunities, and provide tools that enhance social and emotional development. The programs and services that we offer are enhancing family functions, improving health/well-being, and stabilizing home environments. Most importantly we are decreasing the risks of child maltreatment, ultimately creating strong, vibrant communities.


Our programs and services fall into three categories:

LEAP-Jr

Leadership Enrichment Activities (LEAP) 11-17 years LEAP Jr. 5-11 years  

Relative Caregiver Support CalFresh Enrollment Healthcare Enrollment: Kaiser Healthcare Enrollment: Medi-Cal Mandated Reporter Training Volunteer Services Community Relations Public Relations

CalFresh Enrollment Healthcare Enrollment: Kaiser Healthcare Enrollment: Medi-Cal Mandated Reporter Training Volunteer Services Community Relations Public Relations

Healthcare Enrollment

 Kaiser Healthcare Enrollment: Medi-Cal Mandated Reporter Training Volunteer Services Community Relations Public Relations

Leadership Enrichment Activities Program

(LEAP & LEAP Jr.) is a healthy outlet for kids Grades K through 12. LEAP provides homework tutoring, kid-oriented enrichment activities & workshops. LEAP Jr. is held 3 times a week at each of our offices for K-6. For kids 11-17, LEAP is a partnership with Roseville

Police Activities League (RPAL) & with Placer Sheriff’s Activities League (PSAL) at Rock Creek Elementary

in Auburn. KidsFirst’s LEAP & LEAP Jr. programs are staff supervised & enriched by our team of qualified

& caring volunteers.

INFORMATION & REFERRALS

KidsFirst Referral Form-English/Spanish

Provide on-going assessment of family’s strengths, concerns and relational dynamics that lead to growth and resilience. Linkage and referrals to community networks and resources.

  • Holiday Support (gifts & food)
  • Parents As Teachers (PAT)
  • Family Support Referrals
  • Educational Referrals
  • PG&E Discount Enrollment
  • Differential Response
  • Diaper Drives
  • MDIC

Parents as Teachers (PAT)

A home visitation program for children up to age 5. Ideally, the program begins in the prenatal stage. Visits are made by a trained PAT Educator every-other-week for approximately 1 hour. This program is helpful for parents who need help interacting with their child, optimize learning & create healthy attachments. Parent Educators build rapport with families, discuss child development, model, consult & coach best parenting practices, engage in parent-child activities, reinforce strengths, highlight developmental milestones & teach realistic expectations. Pre-registration is required.

  • Individual, Child & Family Therapy
  • Trauma Focused CTrauma-Focusedioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
  • Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Disorder Treatment
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

family-wellness(TF-CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy approachfor children, youth & their families who are experiencing significant emotional & behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events. TF-CBT is designed to help manage & resolve negative thoughts, behaviors & emotions following a traumatic experience. The TF-CBT program is offered by trained TF-CBT clinical team members, experienced in trauma-related issues, including dynamics of victimization, impact of domestic violence, families with substance abuse concerns, working with foster & adoption issues, grief & loss.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy

(PCIT) is offered to families with children ages 2-7 who are experiencing behavioral issues. PCIT is an evidence-based treatment, which helps parents whose children are exhibiting symptoms such as aggression, defiance, non-compliance & temper tantrums. During PCIT, a therapist observes parent-child interaction in a specially equipped room, behind a one-way mirror. The therapist communicates with the parent through an earpiece, providing “real-time” coaching with a focus on the behaviors of both the child & the parent. Provided in 14-20 weekly sessions, PCIT helps enhance the parent-child bond, improve parenting skills & support positive child behavior.

Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Provides postpartum depression therapy,resources & support to parents of children prenatal to age 5, with the goal of reducing depression & anxiety. Licensed therapists provide short-term (12-16 weeks), evidence-based therapeutic treatment. The services are available at our 2 locations in addition to the Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center in Lincoln. The program also consists of community-wide education & outreach to increase awareness & reduce stigma associated with postpartum depression.

Maternal Depression Overview

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

(ASIST) is open to anyone age 16 or older—regardless ofprior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

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