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Childrens Health Council Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Health, Mental Health, Mental Health Disorders, Special Education

Mission:

At Children''s Health Council we believe in a world where every child, teen and young adult can reach their promise and potential. We remove barriers to learning and mental health, 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.

Results: Each year we impact approximately 2,000 children and teens. Our free parent and teacher education classes and events another 3,000 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

Programs:

CHC has been helping children and families for over 65 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.

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After spending too many years, dollars and tears on trying to make the public school work for my son, we feel so fortunate to have found the wealth of resources available to him as a student at Sand Hill School. The teachers, specialists, administrators and staff are all individually committed to the growth of each child. My son has grown academically, but also in executive functioning, social skills, emotional development and in addressing his specific learning differences. There are no words that can fully detail the depth and magnitude of what CHC and Sand Hill School do. Yet, when I see my son feeling confident, at ease in school, trusting the good intentions of his teachers, willing to try, and most of all happy, I can only say that I wish we had sought the support of CHC & Sand Hill sooner!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization runs a school - Esther B. Clark School - which has flat out been amazing for my family. There is a child in our family who has struggled since they were tiny - biting, hitting, all kinds of behaviors that escalated during school and got worse and worse. The child was finally not even allowed back at regular public school. In a few short weeks, the incredible team at CHC has literally turned this around for the child. It's truly remarkable and my family will always be grateful - in the process, WE learned so much about what to do differently which was tailored to our child in particular.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

CHC fell way short of expectations. it was very obvious that the psychologist I was assigned for the parent intake was more concerned about her billable time with me than really trying to help. This was evident as she continued to look at her watch, tell me unrelated stories about other patients and spent more time talking to me about billing and costs than listening or talking about the concerns I have about my son. After an hour and 15 minutes with her, I was escorted to the person to help coordinate the schedule for a treatment plan. She, too, began by telling me all of the charges I would be incurring. Before even setting an appointment she asked for my deposit. I walked away with the feeling that CHC may be non profit, but they are very concerned about the "bottom line" and ensuring they charge the maximum. I have canceled the treatment options for my son and will look elsewhere for assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at CHC is knowledgeable, helpful and kind. They have truly helped us by answering many questions and providing very useful resources.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After our son diagnosed with Autism and got overwhelming information regarding treatments, we were so confused and helpless until we got introduced to Early Support Program (ESPA). We were so delighted with the staff professionalism and helpfulness specially Gina Baldi who guide us to right sources. She is the only one who always supports and sends us very useful information.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at CHC for almost three years and have attended some of their free parent education classes. CHC does an incredible job helping children, teens, and parents when they need it most. I continue to be inspired by the great work of CHC!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Its an excellent organization with wonderful staff. I have a 5 year old son who is on the autism spectrum and I was new to the country knowing very less about the services and help available. The CHC staff helped me from beginning for identifying a good set of services for my son, they also conducted free parent trainings and the staff is very approachable. CHC will try their best to address your concerns and I personally got benefited a lot. I would strongly recommend this organization to all the parents of the special need child.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a parent of a child who struggled with ADHD, I am impressed by and deeply appreciate the expertise, knowledge and care exhibited by CHC professionals at every level. It is clear that everyone who works at CHC is passionate about helping children, teens and young adults to reach their full potential.
Before I got involved with CHC, I was not aware that their services cover such a broad range of needs—spanning behavioral, mental health, social-emotional and educational challenges. CHC is truly a wonderful resource for bay area families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We feel so fortunate to learn about CHC through ESPA. The program offers 1:1 sessions to discuss techniques to support the child in becoming a confident learner in all aspects of development. We had several sessions with Gina Baldi and have learned a lot. She's knowledgeable, caring and resourceful. We still attend CHC workshops and always find them helpful and informative.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful for the support of Christina and Gina with the ESPA program at the CHC. They have been a tremendous source of information and knowledge for us regarding our 18 month old son who is developmentally delayed and may have autism. We could not be more pleased with how helpful they have been to us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sandhill and the CHC have changed our lives. Finding a supportive school with an amazing staff has made all the difference in our lives. Thank you CHC & Sandhill!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a great institution. We have been going to it for our son. We got extremely useful information. It has helped us deal with the medical problem that we are facing with our son. The trainer is very friendly and accommodating. I can't thank her enough for helping us navigate through the journey of our kid's development.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The thoughtful optimized courses, continued advice via emails/calls and information sessions have been very much appreciated. I had very professional, personable and genuine interaction with their 2 advisors. This guidance helped us make informed decisions and choices. We were lucky to find them, through a recommendation by an unaffiliated unpaid OT provider. I would highly recommend their program to any parent.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been thrilled with our experience at Sand Hill School. Our son, diagnosed with ADHD and learning differences, has always struggled in school. He attended a public middle school last year and came home sullen and dejected each day and had a low self-esteem. Our evenings were spent trying to force him to do the homework and classwork he hadn't completed. It was a constant struggle and strain on our family life. Since he has attended Sand Hill, he is excited to go to school each day and is feeling confident and enthused. He even does his homework without us fighting about it. This change would be enough for us but on top of this he is learning so much more. Not only is he improving his content knowledge but he is developing executive function and social/emotional skills. It has been an amazing change and we are so grateful to the staff and teachers. Everyone is so friendly, helpful and knowledgable. For the first time in his life, my son feels like he belongs and is respected and valued at school. We love Sand Hill and can't recommend it enough!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve on the Board of CHC, in part to help pay back this incredible agency for the role they played in helping my son (now a young man) when he was still in elementary school. My son suffers from depression and anxiety and at eight years old was at risk for suicide. When no one else knew what to do, the staff at CHC, and especially at Esther B. Clark school, helped my son develop coping strategies, executive function skills, and just a new lease on life. Our family will be forever grateful for the great work CHC does.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our family is so grateful for Children's Health Council! Our young son was struggling with depression and other mental health issues and no one seemed to know how to help him. He literally could not make it through a school day at our local elementary school. Every day, I waited to get "the call" from the principal that I needed to come get my son because he was unable to cope at school. The staff at CHC, and especially at EBC School, were there to support our son and our whole family, as we worked to get help for our son's very painful suffering. They never said "we don't know what to do". Instead, they said "we'll help you find answers". Today our son is a thriving senior at a local high school, looking forward to college! Thank you, CHC, for giving our son a new lease on life!

Jiantao H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We the parents of an Autism son, went to Gina's parent education sessions. We learned absolutely useful strategies to help our son. Gina is extremely easy to work with. She is very flexible when coming to scheduling the sessions. We had to change or reschedule the sessions a few times due to our situations. We went to her office for first 3 sessions. I remembered we drove through heavy rain to her office to make the 3rd session. Our last 4th session was through Skype which was very convenient. Especially, we felt very grateful that those valuable education was provided to us free of cost when most needed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child has autism. My wife and I did not know how to raise him further. Thanks to CHC and ESPA, we have learned a lot on living with him. Gina and Christina are patient and helpful. We are very grateful for people who financially support them. You are the best! Thank you!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I read everything I could get my hands on concerning autism when I was told my 1 and 1/2year old grandson was diagnosed with autism. In my searches f or information I found Gina Baldi. What a blessing. After talking to her on my first visit I knew I found a professional who could answer my questions and know the resourses to help me to provide my grandson with the best therapy and support. Everyone who has a child with autism should know about this program and Gina. By talking with Gina I have replaced my fears with positive steps forward.

2 Sreeja G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel very fortunate to have known CHC through ESPA. I am thankful for the parent training sessions with Ms. Gina Baldi. I was completely lost and clueless, and she was the first to guide me, and continues to do so. A child's ASD diagnosis has a huge impact on a parent in initial days, and that's when ESPA held my hand. Thank you.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I were referred to CHC, (Gina Baldi, in particular) by our sons behavioral psychologist after he was diagnosed on the spectrum. We went to four parent sessions that she offered (for free!!!!) and they were a blessing. Great information. Great insights.

Truly, we felt more competent in dealing with the challenges that raising a special needs child brings. We also felt like we were not just making one mistake after the other. Furthermore, we received insights into different options we had with services, which aided us in moving our son out of the program he was in, into one that was more in line with our choice of approach (i.e., a more nurturing approach then straight ABA behavior extinction).

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We feel so fortunate to have learned about CHC through ESPA when our son was diagnosed with ASD two years ago. We had a couple of sessions with Ms. Gina Baldi and they helped us a lot. She is so knowledgeable, and at the same time so kind and caring. We revived invaluable information as well as emotional support which was what we needed. We still keep going to CHC workshops and always find them helpful and informative.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gina Baldi was instrumental in helping me find resources for my son at the beginning of his diagnosis. She was so empathetic and understanding during this emotional time. Words can't express my gratitude for all of her guidance and kind ways. If your ever in need of local resources for your child- Gina is your girl-Thank You!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with speech delay and autism at an very early age! We were able to get help by going to the parent training from Gina Baldi. The information, materials provided and support from her at Children's Health Council was excellent. We learned a great deal from going to those individual as well as group classes/workshops. We are very pleased to have had this amazing opportunity which in return helped our son and family. Speaking with other parents at the workshops was very informative and gave us suggestions on what we can do to help out son! We just want to express out gratitude by saying thank you for having this program at CHC.

3 Sheila57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've really appreciated the support we've received through CHC, especially the ESPA talks.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sand Hill School has truly transformed our family. Our 13 year old LD daughter is happily becoming an 'independent expert learner' at Sand Hill School where she is being taught the academic, social/emotional, and assistive technology tools that will help her confidently transition to high school. Their awesome teachers care and are given the latest resources to instruct students in an interactive and supportive environment. Student evaluations are meaningful and measured (you know how your child is performing and then specific goals are set for the next quarter). The administration is VERY responsive and has assisted our daughter at every turn to reach her potential (access to Tech, Science & Literature programs; Transition support to evaluate High Schools). We feel very fortunate to have found Sand Hill School and recommend it highly!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CHC is a unique and powerful organization that empowers and encourages so many kids and teens with learning differences. Each and every educator and professional at CHC holds a deep passion for helping these kids and teens reach their full potential. It's been an amazing story to watch unfold over the years. I look forward to witnessing many more chapters to come.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is wonderful. It really makes a difference in the community.

3 Amy_301

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the first year since kindergarten that my daughter is happy when she comes home from school. She is keeping herself organized, learning at grade level, and looks forward to school!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sand Hill School and CHC are wonderful resources. My child attends Sand Hill School and it has changed not only his life, but ours as well. They believed in him, when no one else did, and this has given him the belief and courage in himself to do things we were told he never would do. Sand Hill School is an exceptional place.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!!!