For some children and youth, the adversity they’ve experienced in their young lives has had tremendous impact on their ability to function successfully in social and school settings. They are often severely withdrawn, anxious, aggressive, or disconnected. Often these behaviors result from adverse childhood experiences such as abuse, the loss of a loved one, or the stress of living in poverty or in neighborhoods or homes impacted by violence. Teens with a history of exposure to trauma often find themselves involved with the juvenile justice system. These children and youth require specialized support to aid in their recovery as they develop the tools to self-regulate and be successful in school and society.
East Bay Agency for Children offers the following programs for impacted children and youth.
Counseling Enriched and Intensive Counseling Enriched
Called Counseling Enriched and Intensive Counseling Enriched, these dual educational and therapeutic settings enable children to learn techniques for self-regulating their emotions and behavior while receiving academic instruction. An EBAC mental health therapist works with each child based upon their individualized treatment plan. Behavioral coaches shadow the children all day long in the classroom providing real-time intervention and affirmation to support positive behavioral changes and self-regulation.
About 90 children receive these intensive behavioral health services from EBAC annually in 6 classrooms in the San Leandro and Oakland Unified School Districts.
Therapeutic Nursery School
The Therapeutic Nursery School provides early childhood education and comprehensive mental health services for children ages 2 to 6 who need additional support with social, emotional and learning difficulties. Children are referred to the program if their behaviors make it difficult for them to succeed in their current preschool or day care settings. They may have difficulties with aggression and disruptive behaviors, experience sadness and fearfulness, or have had family difficulties. Team work with the parents, guardians and community support is an essential component of our comprehensive program.
Working with our mental health clinicians and aides, the children develop their individual strengths and practice their social skills, learning to be part of a cooperative group. The children also experience group therapy, individual therapy and family therapy. Clinical staff meet with families frequently to provide support for the children’s progress at home, school and in the community. The Therapeutic Nursery School serves between 25-30 children in a school year.
Youth Justice Services
Youth exiting the juvenile justice system require specialized support to give them the best possible chance of success in their transition back to school and home life. EBAC case managers are paired with teens leaving the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center. These case managers work in tandem with the teen to ensure he or she abides by the terms of probation, enrolls in school and attends, receives necessary and/or court mandated counseling, and integrates into a safe family environment.
We believe that if we build strong children, there will be fewer adults to mend.
61years of service
21,000children and families served every year
"EBAC provides a safety net for the students who are most at risk of failure, catching kids who typically fall through the cracks. EBAC is very good at addressing whatever is distressing them and looking at how those stressors affect their ability to succeed in school." Barbara McClung Program Manager, Integrated Student Support Services