The Link To Children

Rating: 4.83 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Education

Location: 5236 Claremont Ave 2nd floor Oakland CA 94618 USA

Mission: TLC exists to promote the healthy emotional development of children 0-5 so that they will be able to learn to their fullest potential by providing on-site mental health services to childcare facilities in the Bay Area,mental health training to preschool teachers and childcare providers, and parent education. TLC is grounded in sensitivity to the diversity of the communities it serves.
Programs: TLC has set up fully equipped play therapy rooms at seven child development centers in Northern Alameda County that are funded by the State to serve low-income, high risk families.TLC is a qualified internship for post masters registerd MFT interns who are working to fulfill thier internship licensing requirements.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I appreciate the work of The Link To Children (TLC). I had the opportunity to visit their space at 4 early childhood development centers. The Directors at the centers praise the work of TLC. Clients send in testimonials of life-changing progress as a result of TLC. Every development center could benefit from the work of TLC.



I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a board member capacity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing. They are on the right track.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are the difference! TLC has been around for more than 15 years quietly intervening in the lives of young children and their families. Domiciled at child development centers in Alameda County, TLC has provided services through culturally sensitive trained staff at no cost to the families and communities served. We have been long-time partners with some child development centers since TLC’s inception assisting them in reaching out to their communities by nurturing and developing the young minds and bodies of tomorrow.

Once you’ve visited a partner site and seen the children and how TLC has played a role in making them feel safe, you begin to understand the impact that TLC has had in making a difference in our communities without much fanfare and publicity. The child development centers are very thankful for the partnership as they know they have a reliable and supportive partner that is there to help them, the children and the families they minister to on a daily basis.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the hard work that is put in by the staff and Board to ensure the continuation of these outreach services for future generations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them to increase and expand their sources of funding to ensure the continuation of services for others.

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Rating: 5 stars  


TLC developed our early intervention mental health model in 1996 to serve low income high risk children in Alameda County. I was on steering committee and then Board when we decided to pursue this model and organization. Fifteen years later we now provide prevention and early intervention services to over 600  children and their families at four subsidized child development centers and three centers in the Oakland Unified School District.   We also have an office at the Alameda County Family Justice Center in Oakland, a one stop service center for women and children escaping domestic violence. I have watched the organization grow and meets the needs of children, families and centers where these children spend a fairly large amount of their day. TLC services are located on-site where the children are enrolled. We are committed to supporting the healthy emotional development of young children within a culturally relevant context so they can learn to their full potential. I have been a witness to this accomplishment for 15 years. 

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Visiting centers and hearing the feedback from classroom teachers and interns.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

TLC provides mental and emotional health guidance to children in the 0-5 age group. Children typically are unable to express mental and emotional distress at those ages. TLC provides qualified mental health professionals at the care centers of the children that facilitate emotional well being through play, therapy and counseling.

Teachers and parents in the sites TLC provides service in are very happy that such help is available. The level of support and guidance is greatly appreciated.

TLC works in areas that are underprivileged, under appreciated and sometimes violent too.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Oakland, CA

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

* Provide more funding * Take the idea (mental health professional stipend program for underprivileged kids) and recreate in multiple arenas

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Rating: 5 stars  

The organization has reached out to the most underserved who have children ( age 0-5) in childcare centers in Alameda County. With on-site services they help identify the anxiety and challenges of young children to ensure thier abiity to learn and stay in school. thorugh thier program they
1. Have children use play therapy to reduce their fears and aggression, and enhance their social skills. Reduce stress and conflict in families and childcare settings.
2. Improve their communication and problem solving skills for parents and learn positive ways to discipline their children, and deal more effectively with stress.
3. Equip teachers and model strategies in working better in their classrooms.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

it's long standing work of over 14 years in the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have it reach more child develpmnet centers

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

through a friend who was a founding member and who knew my children

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

achieving sustainability through private and corporate funding

What is its top priority in the long run?

expansion of services

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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