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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

Sand Hill School and their wonderful teachers have completely improved my son's level of self-confidence, his happiness and his academic skills. He has never liked school in the past until he started at Sand Hill and now each day when I pick him up, he says his day was "Great!" with a smile and huge enthusiasm. When he started the school he was tested at barely 1st grade level math and by the end of the first month here, he tested at 3rd grade level math… he actually improved 2 grades in one month of the individualized teaching that Sand Hill provides. We were all amazed and he was so proud. The teachers are kind, sensitive, firm and fun loving. For the first time in our lives, we feel like we have teachers that see our son for who he is, and are able to draw out all his fantastic qualities. They are able to adapt their program to fit him, and as a result, he is making tremendous progress.

Client Served

Rating: 5

EBC has the most wonderful, kind, and skilled staff. I am so grateful for the work they have done with my son, who was unable to function at school until EBC. Their help has changed life for our entire family. We were finally able to take a family vacation together because my son is now doing so well.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of being involved with CHC for the past 25 years- as a user of their wonderful services, a staff clinician, a volunteer, and now a Board member. The range and depth of services and the clinical expertise of the staff combine to create a magical place. Nowhere on the Peninsula are children and their families better understood and helped. When CHC sees a need- whether it be for a school for children who are struggling, a free parent education talk on managing technology or a kindergarten readiness group they create a way to help families. CHC is committed to finding the potential in every child and our community is a healthier, happier place because of their wonderful work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CHC since my daughters (who are now 21 and 23) were very young. CHC helped us with parenting, school issues and much more. I then served as both a volunteer in various aspects of the agency, as well as a board member. I have watched the agency evolve over the years, and I can honestly say that it has never been in better shape than it is now. The services that they provide to the children in our community are critical and we are so fortunate to have them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son attends Sand Hill School, the CHC school founded in 2011 for kids k-4 (eventually k-5) who may have ADHD, learning differences, anxiety, or social issues. My son has sensory integration issues and started at Sand Hill 20 months ago in Kindergarten after a rough time in preschool. I cannot say enough about how amazing the school has been for him -- the intentional program; the low student-to-teacher ratio (5:1); and the totally dedicated, warm, loving, expert teachers. We are so thrilled with the school -- he is thriving academically and socially. And he has renewed self-confidence -- which was seriously at risk in preschool. If you have a child who just "doesn't quite fit" in a traditional educational environment, Sand Hill is an excellent alternative. They also have financial aid for families who qualify.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sand HIll School at Children's Health Council is a fantastic school! They have thoroughly researched and considered every aspect of children's academic and social/emotional needs and it really shows. Students receive instruction in everything from math and writing to executive functions and social skills. The teachers are top-notch, and the entire staff is so amazingly well-informed about the best teaching and behavior management techniques and so incredibly consistent in how they apply them. Our son loves it and so do we!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so blessed to have found CHC and Sand Hill School - our lives would be unimaginably challenging right now but not for the fantastic care he has received there. He has gone from being the most disruptive student in the class - with numerous meltdowns and an extremely low frustration tolerance - to practically being the model student, all because of the expertise and perseverance of the administrators, teachers, and specialists at Sand Hill and CHC. We can finally breathe easy knowing he is amongst people who understand him, who can help him, and who genuinely care about him. On top of the top-notch care and education he is receiving at Sand Hill School, having the specialists at CHC to draw from has been so helpful and seamless - they have integrated his additional therapies right into his school program, making it so easy for us and him. They are 100% committed to helping kids like mine who don't fit into a mainstream program, and work determinedly and effectively with the parents to help your child. We are so grateful to be working with them.

Rachelle V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The past 3 years have been a scary roller coaster ride as far as my children's schools went. We are finally in a place where my children's accommodations and modifications are being meet everyday. After the first week of school my son came to me and thanked me for sending him to SHS. He also said "I understand now why you wanted me to switch schools, I love Sand Hill". As a parent it took me a few more weeks to let my guard down and realize that the fight is over. Now my children will learn strategies to carry though out their lives.
We are ALL in the right place @ Sand Hill School.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CHC/EBC has transformed my son from an angry, scared boy to a more confident student. He has further to go on his journey, but I know his life and our family's is and will be better because of the work he is doing at CHC/EBC. The staff are exceptional professionals who work as a team, a real team. It doesn't get better.

Sandra52

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending Sand Hill School at Children's Health Council and receiving various therapy services at CHC for more than 3 years. It has changed his life! I've watched him blossom during his time there and hope to continue for years to come. The entire organization is caring and compassionate. They are providing critical education and services to the kids who need them most. I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After challenging preschool and junior kindergarten years, we were not sure if our daughter would ever like school let alone thrive there. Our daughter was doing fine academically, but the school she'd been going to was just ill-equipped to help her with her particular set of social/behavioral issues, which were not "extreme" but outside their norm. They threw up their hands.

Sand Hill School created an environment and an individualized plan for our daughter, who is now doing GREAT, looks forward to school every day, and is nurturing real friendships there.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CHC is an outstanding organizaion, on whose board I have had the privelge to serve for over a decade. It has grown from approx. 50 students in EBC School 10 years ago to about 90 today. And a second school, Sand Hill School, opened in 2011 with 7 students in one class room;now has 5 class roooms, and we are adding three more clasess to take us up thru the 8th. grade. All of this growth is due to the ourtstanding leadership team, and highly dedicated staff, all of whom work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for our students. A need in our community was uncovered some years back, and CHC has stepped up to meet the needs of our children, and with a most sincere appreication by their parents. All credit goes to a quality staff and ihe many volunteers who supporrt this important effort.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Children's Health Council has been part of our life since we moved back to the Bay Area in 1990. I first experienced CHC taking their Parent Ed Classes, hoping to be the best mom I could be. At Oak Knoll Elementary School, CHC gave wonderfully informative advice on Child Development. When we reached Menlo School, psychologists from CHC facilitated our class parent discussions around the challenges of the teen years. Since then I have served on CHC's Board of Directors and passionately support their mission to help all kids find their promise and potential. CHC specialists and teachers are without compare. The collaborative nature of their evaluations, problem solving and helping kids discover their unique learning capabilities instills resilience which leads to happiness and success. Every referral I have sent CHC's way, whether issues were simple or complicated, has found answers and hope. Yes, I may have a bias, but it's an honest and informed bias.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Children's Health Council for over 8 years and have fallen in love with the work they do. They are a great community resource for kids that think and learn differently and can give simple consultations or extensive evaluations for social emotional issues or learning issues, especially for kids with symptoms of ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety and Depression or Autism. They have even developed Sand Hill School for kids that are bright but struggling and need more personal attention, and have had the Esther B. Clark School for many, many years for kids with more severe behavioral issues. The Community Clinic works with underserved famlies in satellite offices throughout the bay area... What a great service to our community. I highly recommend taking your child there if worried or unsure about developmental progress. You will find wonderful, kind experts to take care of you.