EFAA’s goal is for all children in EFAA housing to be valued, healthy and thriving. Young children will arrive at Kindergarten ready to learn and school-aged children will be successful. Children will access medical and dental services. The program also supports hardworking parents with parenting resources, access to child care, and deeper connections with their children’s schools and other community resources.
Last year, the program expanded to utilize a stronger whole-family approach and provide greater evidence-based, child-focused support for both the parents and their children. Since then, 314 children lived in EFAA’s family housing and here’s what we are seeing from the more intensive services.
Big Positive Changes
• More education resources on site, including 89 percent of children 0-3 years old in EFAA housing receiving early education materials.
• Much better coverage of medical and dental services, with almost all kids having an identified primary care physician, all those identified as needing eyeglasses receiving either a referral or eyeglasses, and over 80 percent having a dental and/or medical checkup in the past year.
• 75 percent of children ages 5-13 years old participated in on-site after school activities during their stay in EFAA housing.
• Over the summer, all children in EFAA family housing were facilitated access to our partner agency YMCA’s summer camps.
• Almost all parents received referrals to child care and parenting resources. Half of all families assessed wanted a new way to connect to school; 96 percent of those were assisted in making that connection.
Thank you to the funders who stepped in to help us launch this scaled-up programming for children, including several generous individuals, the Comis Foundation, the Hasbro Children’s Fund, and the Temple Buell Foundation. The Early Childhood Council of Boulder County has provided valuable technical advice to make sure our approaches reflect best practice and are integrated into to the broader web of services available to young children. Zonta has donated books so that families can move into apartments equipped with resources to promote literacy.
If you are a member of the media or a grantor looking for more information on the Children’s Program, please see the fact sheet.
You can also read the 2015 Status of Children in Boulder County report here.