Growing Up Healthy (GUH) provides training, coaching, consultation, technical assistance (TA) and resource materials to childcare facilities in Orange County (OC) to improve health outcomes for children in care. The program prioritizes services for directors at two demonstration sites and five centers enrolled in the GUH Program to complete the GO Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (GO NAP SACC) to determine areas that need improvement. An action plan to improve chosen areas of the GO NAP SACC is developed in collaboration with the director. Non-cash grants may be offered to address issues identified in the Action Plan. GUH centers will receive one-on-one TA and assistance to meet improvements outlined in the action plans including outdoor learning environments (OLE’s) and gardens. Workshops will be offered in Be Active Kids (BAK) physical activity program, nutrition, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) education and outdoor learning for GUH center staff.
Additionally, other interested OC child care facilities staff may be invited to participate in the trainings as space allows. The program will help access volunteers, materials and donated services to improve and naturalize play areas. The GUH Program will work with local farms and other outlets to enhance Farm to Pre-K for centers to include seasonal and fresh produce in their menus.
Contact: Maria Hitt
919-967-9091 ext. 217
Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD)
ABCD provides training and technical assistance to Orange County primary care medical practices to facilitate the identification of children ages birth to five who may benefit from early intervention services. Technical assistance is provided to physicians and their staff to support the use of standardized, validated developmental screening tools and referral of children found to be at-risk for developmental delay or disability, including autism.
Contact: Sara Garrison
KidSCope Hispanic Outreach Project
The KidSCope Hispanic Outreach program provides culturally appropriate evidence-based mental health therapy to Spanish speaking children ages birth to five and their families in Orange County. This project is staffed by a Licensed Mental Health Provider who is familiar with tools and strategies appropriately suited to support the social/emotional health of Hispanic children and families. The program uses a combination of multiple strategies from a variety of evidence-based models such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Incredible Years and Circle of Security. Services may be conducted in the homes of families or the KidSCope office. A therapist provides assessments, case management, and appropriate referrals to community resources to address individual needs.
Contact: Lara Kehle