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Preschool Consultation

For early childhood development, learning, and mental health services.

Our preschool consultation services bring our early childhood experts into schools to provide reflective support to teachers and families on childhood trauma, child development, behavioral issues, and classroom structure. Our consultation program is trauma-informed and focuses on preschools in Oakland and other areas of Alameda County.

Trauma and Brain Development

Many of the children we serve have been exposed to trauma. This impacts brain development and may lead to behavioral and learning challenges in school. We help support teachers to understand these symptoms and help them to create supportive classroom policies and structures.

Early Childhood Mental Health

If a child needs additional support, our Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists and Consultants can provide consultation and direct services. These services may include family consultation, teacher consultation, connection to assessment, and a behavioral plan for the child.

Supporting Educators and Classroom Setup

Our staff also advises principals, program directors, and administrators on issues related to program development, team dynamics, communication, and classroom set-up.

Overall, our consultation program provides preschools with an in-depth understanding of early childhood development in order to best serve the children in their care.

Where We Serve

JFCS East Bay currently provides early childhood mental health consultation to:

  • 20 Oakland Unified School District sites
  • 3 Oakland Head Start sites
  • 2 YMCA of the Bay Area Head Start sites
  • 2 Unity Council sites
  • 1 independent preschool in West Oakland. 

The children served by these programs are predominantly African American, Latinx, Southeast Asian, and those with early childhood trauma exposure.  

In addition, JFCS East Bay also provides consultation to various Jewish and private preschools on a fee-for-service basis to address each site’s particular needs.

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