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Childrens Health Council Inc

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650 Clark Way Palo Alto CA 94304 USA


At Children''s Health Council we believe in a world where every child can reach their promise and potential. We remove barriers to learning, helping children and teens become resilient, happy and successful at home, at school and in life. We strive to remove social emotional and learning barriers for kids and families regardless of language, location or ability to pay. We specialize in ADHD, LD, Anxiety & Depression and Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Each year we impact approximately 1,900 children. Our free parent and teacher education reaches another 1,000 participants each year. In our 60-plus year history, we have impacted close to a million families.

Target demographics:

families facing ADHD, LD, Anxiety & Depression and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

1,900 children and families

Geographic areas served:

the San Francisco Bay Area


CHC has been helping children and families for 60 years, impacting over 100,000 children so far. Our clinical services and two schools serve families all over the Bay Area and San Francisco, including San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties. Services include evaluation, treatment and solutions for families facing the challenges of ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our goal is to help children develop the tools they need to be happy, resilient and successful. We serve approximately 1,900 children and families each year.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

Ever since we toured Sandhill 4 years ago we knew this was going to be the best option for our daughter who was diagnosed with just about every LD possible in kindergarten. After years of trying to work through the public school system and years of her struggling to fit into their special needs programs, we finally bit the bullet and enrolled her into Sandhill for 5th grade. We have not looked back once and during these past few months we have seen a whole new child who loves learning, loves the school and loves her teachers. Our daughter has gone from an overly anxious child that we felt may never catch up to her grade level to a happy kid that has made more progress in a few months than she ever made in a year. If you're thinking about Sandhill don't wait another day!

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My son is diagnosed with ASD two years ago, he is 5.5 years now. We were so stress out about financial as well as emotional. He has been in special school since, he received some services from school district. He has been improved his skills.

Then as parents we don't know much about ASD, we are so glad that Espa program offers us Free parents therapy for four sessions. THANK TO CHRISTINA and GINA for listening to our concerns, giving great support, tools and other resources to help our son. She walked me through step by step, guide me with her great advice.

They work very hard to help us , Gina always made time for us even though when she was on vacation, she said if we need any thing , it is OKAY to email her too. Wow, We are so impressed that how much she cares for us and our son. Thank YOU Gina, You are the Best.
We feel much better, less stress because we have tools to work with our son at home beside the professional services at school and our insurance.

Things get easier and we know we can count on ESPA PROGRAM. THANK YOU.

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1 person found this review helpful

Thank you to CHC and Gina for providing great insight, tools, resources and education about kids on the spectrum. Your program is needed and is valuable in helping parents make sense of a complex and very frustrating special education system.

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ESPA was a fantastic resource. Our family can't recommend it enough. As a parent, you are often swamped with trying to learn about what your child needs, how to raise them with respect for who they are and what they need, and how to get the right services to help them. For us, this was daunting, as we knew very little about Autism when our daughter was diagnosed. ESPA was fantastic in getting us face time with someone who could answer our questions and give us some real world help in addressing our daughter's needs. We found the people really went above and beyond, taking great care to listen and give thoughtful suggestions; corresponding with us via email and digging up information that was specific to our needs, etc. This was so much more than just some parent training. It was really personal, practical, and empowering. We are so thankful for that help. It set us on a great course.

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ESPA really helps my son, my wife and me a lot, especially when we first learned the diagnosis of autism. My family is very grateful to people who pay Christina and Gina for their outstanding experiences. At the first meeting, Christina took the notes for our meeting, including steps to take. She also helped us to do a pro/con table when we were debating which step to take. Gina is surely a veteran in the field. Her four lessons and later consultation are still our best education. Her parent support group focuses on a different topic at a time. She even invited an insurance expert to share. Many thanks!

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CHC and Sand Hill School are a phenomenal resource for the community and meet a significant oft unmet need of providing experienced, skilled teachers and other support staff to help students with special learning needs (not just Dyslexia, but many other types of issues and needs as well).

We have been impressed with the professionalism, experience and knowledge of all the CHC and Sand Hill School staff.

Most importantly, we have noticed the change through the progress and experience of our child, who LOVES Sand Hill School and is blossoming under their care and support.

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My toddler is on the autism spectrum. I was fortunate to have met the Espa team. Gina helped me jumpstart working appropriately with my child to help him improve. My child today has made Tremendous progress and I owe it largely to this team! Can't thank you enough! Great program!!!!!

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After receiving a diagnosis of ASD for our 4 year old son, we had a million questions. I spent months researching and trying to figure out where to start, who to see, and how to navigate our health insurance, etc. It was extremely stressful and overwhelming.

By far, the ESPA program at the CHC was one of the best of all the resources we came across. It truly was a godsend for our family. I finally had someone I could talk to in depth about all of my questions and concerns. I am very picky about providers. The staff at ESPA was beyond exceptional. I felt I was in the most competent of hands and receiving the most up to date and valuable information.

I really can't thank the ESPA team enough for providing this game changing service to new families who have received an ASD diagnosis. Thanks to the support from the team at ESPA (Gina and Christina), my stress level is way down and I have a road map for supporting my son. Our family is forever grateful.

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My son was early diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder - and we were greatly helped and supported by the Early Support Program for Autism (ESPA) at the CHC. The (free!) parent trainings were wonderful. We've been able to implement the lessons learned at home.

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I've a great experience with CHC. They have provided us with resources and advice and I'm looking forward to the 1:1 parent training.

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