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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 and teen 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.

Results: Each year we impact approximately 1,900 children and teens. 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

Programs:

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.

Community Stories

97 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

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.

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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!

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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!!

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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!