Meeting the Developmental Needs of our Youngest Community Members
Westside Regional Center (WRC) is one of five community partners to receive a grant from First 5 LA’s investment to improve existing referrals. The investment is part of Help Me Grow LA, an effort of First 5 LA and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, to improve connections between providers so that every child receives support for developmental concerns.
The first step was to understand the potential barriers, challenges, and weaknesses in the existing referral process. With support from Kinetic Flow, Inc., WRC surveyed families and professionals supporting children ages 0-5 with or at risk for developmental concerns. We surveyed 287 families with young children who started the intake process with WRC within the 9 months prior to the survey. Results, as well as the next steps, are summarized in the attached document.