The Go Kids Community Engagement Department was established to provide resources and educational services by reaching out to families with young children in the community. Our unique engagement projects allow Go Kids to provide families a broader range of direct services including quality child care programs, community information and referral, parenting education, early screening, assessment and intervention services for special needs children, and early childhood professional development support. Within the department are 3 distinct programs:

Child Development Resource Center (CDRC) in San Benito County provides services that connect child care providers and parents who need services. These services include child care referral program; County wide subsidy eligibility list; free/low cost workshops, trainings and classes for child development professionals; Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP); free lending library for child care providers and families in the community; Curriculum Club and a stipend incentive program available to child care professionals committed to increasing their education level. The CDRC also offers help to license exempt providers to apply for Trust line fingerprint clearance.

Friends, Family and Neighbors Project (FFN) Supporting Children in the Home Program is funded by First 5 Monterey County.  The FFN program provides playgroups for license-exempt home child care providers.  Playgroups are designed to give FFN providers an opportunity to build relationships with other providers in their community, to gather ideas from facilitators and from each other about activities to do with children, to have access to child development information and to reflect on their work with children.  There are currently 8 playgroups at six different sites in the Alisal Community in Salinas.

Special Needs Initiative (SNI) New Possibilities Program is funded by First 5 Monterey County.   It serves families living in the Alisal community in east Salinas.  SNI services include comprehensive screenings, in-home visits, family counseling, small group parent dialogues, parent-child playgroups, case management and referrals.  SNI also provides on-site training and technical assistance to selected preschool programs and family child care homes.  A Summer Bridge program supports a successful transition to kindergarten for children and parents participating in New Possibilities projects.