First 5 High Five
First 5 San Diego along with the County of San Diego Child Welfare Services (CWS) and Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego (RCHSD), and Casey Family Programs have announced the publication of a new document, referred to as a chronicle, titled San Diego County’s Approach to Addressing the Developmental and Social-Emotional Needs of Young Children in Foster Care. The chronicle outlines the Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program (DSEP) and KidSTART coordinated service approach and describes unique characteristics of the programs.
DSEP and KidSTART are two unique and complementary programs within the County’s comprehensive approach that support young children. While this chronicle features a system of care that exists for a population with complex needs (children in foster care), KidSTART services are accessible by children both within and outside of the child welfare system. Together, these two programs form a continuum of care that ranges from universal early identification of developmental and social-emotional concerns, to trans-disciplinary intervention for children with complex needs. Both programs were created through a unique partnership and financing structure among three entities of San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency: First 5 San Diego, CWS, and BHS. The programs are administered by RCHSD. The strong collaboration across these partners has been important to the development, implementation, and success of both programs.
First 5 San Diego, CWS, BHS and RCHSD worked collaboratively with Casey Family Programs, an organization that focuses on advancing policy and best practices to achieve optimal outcomes for children in child welfare, to produce the chronicle. The chronicle was informed by interviews with County administrators, program staff, caregivers, program and data summaries, and program materials gathered in November and December 2013. The target audience for the publication is child welfare administrators and practitioners, behavioral health as well as philanthropic entities that have this population in their portfolio.