Early childhood is a pivotal time to provide the supports our children need to grow into strong adults who can reach their potential. Oakland Starting Smart and Strong is working to ensure that young children are screened for developmental, social and cognitive needs, and that necessary services are provided to meet those needs.
In this blog post we highlight how OSSS and our partners at Oakland Unified School District, with the support of Help Me Grow/First 5 Alameda, have successfully scaled developmental screenings at all OUSD Child Development Centers, providing valuable information to parents and providers alike. In a future post we’ll share information about a research study on developmental screening practices across Oakland.
Parent Voices Oakland (PVO), in partnership with OSSS, was recently showcased in a national case study for its groundbreaking family-led data collection and advocacy.
Tanisha Payton, Leadership Development and Research Manager with Parent Voices Oakland, and Priya Jagannathan, OSSS Director, were interviewed for a case study: “Parents Know Best: How Family-Led Data Collection and Advocacy Lead to Increases in Early Childhood Funding in Alameda County”.