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.
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.
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.
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.
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.