For some children and youth, the adversity they’ve experienced in their young lives has already 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 They are often severely withdrawn, anxious, aggressive, or disconnected.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.
Intensive Counseling Enriched
Nearly 100 children receive these intensive behavioral health services from EBAC annually in 5 classrooms in the Alameda Unified and Oakland Unified School Districts.
EPIC (formerly Therapeutic Nursery School)
EPIC gives these children and their families the tools they need to thrive. EPIC’s program goals are to 1) improve children’s readiness for school and their self-regulation and social expression skills, and 2) increase families’ ability to understand and respond to their children’s needs. EPIC offers early interventions focused on decreasing externalized behaviors that impact the child’s ability to thrive in the classroom and provides family coaching and family workshops.
EPIC is a 10 week, M-F daily program for a maximum of 10 Medi-Cal eligible children ages 3 to 5 who live in Alameda County. Program is held 4 times per year at 6117 Martin Luther King Jr. Way on the Oakland/Berkeley border.
For information and to register a child, please contact Shawana Booker at Shawana.Booker@ebac.org
(This position is partially funded by Alameda County Probation Department, Delinquency Prevention Network)