Programs and Services
It's All About Family
Our proven programs help families solve real-life challenges & achieve lasting results.
KidsFirst offer no cost, innovative programs that aim to empower and strengthen children and families. We provide free, friendly community hubs so families have easy access lasting network of wellness and support. We also provide concrete support to children and families in times of need.
KidsFirst responds to crises, links families to services and opportunities, and provide tools that enhance social and emotional development. The programs and services that we offer are enhancing family functions, improving health and well-being and stabilizing home environments.
We recognize and respond to early warning signs of child abuse and neglect, value and support parents, foster support among families, and strengthen parenting. Most importantly we are decreasing the risks of child maltreatment, creating strong, vibrant communities.
Child Abuse Prevention
Education & Outreach
Spreads awareness & strengthens our communities
Child Abuse Signs Training
Mandated Reporter Training
Mandated Reporter “Refresher”
Forever Fathers Class by Dads/for Dads
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Training
We offer the trainings listed above throughout the Placer County area. Additionally, we will accommodate your presentation requests by providing information on our agency, our network and the roles and responsibilities of the Child Abuse Prevention Council.
KidsFirst also offers “Forever Fathers”, a dads’ support group, three times a year. The eight-week program weeks at a time to learn and discuss positive father involvement, anger management, modeling for children, roles, rights and responsibilities, mentoring other struggling fathers, as well as other topics that are pertinent to a father who strives to improve himself and his relationships
Commercial Sexual Exploitation
KidsFirst has developed a new program in Placer County to address the growing challenge of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) for those in or at risk of being exploited in our community. KidsFirst provides community-based support to meet the immediate and long term needs of youth in Placer County.
The goal of this program is to connect with youth and support them with linkages, safety planning, navigating supportive systems, crisis intervention, assessments, short-term mental health services and harm-reduction education. The CSEC Team utilizes a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach to engage and build relationships with youth. The team connects with youth through community-based engagement and interventions. KidsFirst supports with linkage to a variety of services that support the overall wellbeing of our youth and their families. KidsFirst CSEC team is co-located and works collaboratively with Placer County District Attorney’s Office, Law Enforcement, Mental Health Agencies, Probation and Children’s System of Care.
Information & Referrals
Linkage, referrals for basic needs, housing,
transportation, job readiness, financial & legal literacy
PG&E Discount enrollment
Co-Operative Parenting Class
Medi-Cal application assistance
Active Parenting Now Class for parents & teens
Incredible Years Class for parents w/ kids ages 2-12
Dinosaur School for students referred by their school
We provide on-going assessment of family’s strengths, concerns and relational dynamics that lead to growth and resilience. Linkage and referrals to community networks and resources, including basic needs.
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
A home visitation program for parents of children through age 5. Ideally, the program begins in the prenatal stage. Visits are made by a trained PAT Educator every-other-week for approximately 1 hour. This program helps parents develop strong interactions with their child, optimize learning & create healthy attachments.
Parent Educators build rapport with families, discuss child development and its stages, model great parenting, consult & coach best parenting practices, engage in parent-child activities, reinforce strengths, highlight developmental milestones & teach realistic expectations.
Pre-registration is required.
Child & Family Wellness
Provides treatment to kids & families,
reinforcing a healthy and nurturing environment
Individual, Child and Family Therapy
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Postpartum Depression counseling for mothers and fathers
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for children ages 2-7
As a leading agency, we offer a variety of high-quality, no-cost therapeutic modalities to children and adults on-site at our two family resource centers.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
(TF-CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy approach for children, young adults, parents and families who are experiencing significant emotional and/or behavioral difficulties from a traumatic life event. TF-CBT is designed to help manage and resolve negative thoughts, behaviors and emotions. This program is offered by trained TF-CBT clinical team members, experienced in trauma-related issues, including dynamics of victimization, impact of domestic violence, families with substance abuse concerns, working with foster & adoption issues, grief & loss.
Parent Child Interaction Therapy
(PCIT) is offered to families with children ages 2-7 who are experiencing behavioral issues. PCIT is an evidence-based treatment, which helps parents whose children are exhibiting symptoms such as aggression, defiance, non-compliance & temper tantrums. During PCIT, a therapist observes parent-child interaction in a specially equipped room, behind a one-way mirror. The therapist communicates with the parent through an earpiece, providing “real-time” coaching with a focus on the behaviors of both the child & the parent. Provided in 14-20 weekly sessions, PCIT helps enhance the parent-child bond, improve parenting skills & support positive child behavior.
Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Provides postpartum depression therapy, resources & support to parents of children prenatal through age 5, with the goal of reducing depression and anxiety. Licensed therapists provide short-term (12-16 weeks), evidence-based therapeutic treatment.
The program also consists of community-wide education & outreach to increase awareness & reduce stigma associated with postpartum depression.