The Santa Clara County
Involvement Collaborative


2-1-1 Santa Clara County |

2-1-1 is the dialing code for free, non-emergency community, health, and disaster information. Callers receive personalized information from a live phone specialist who can answer questions about nonprofit services and agencies. People can search the online database for listings of services in their area; see the Community Bulletin Board for community events and announcements, and the Disaster Information page for current information about emergency conditions.

Alabama Fatherhood Initiative |

The Department of Human Resources (DHR) Fatherhood Initiative is a joint effort of DHR, Child Support Enforcement, and Family Assistance divisions, and was developed to further the welfare reform goal of strengthening families, enhancing child support collections, and addressing other needs of children who are growing up without the involvement of natural fathers in their lives. DHR provides funding and technical assistance resources to develop and strengthen programs and services to fathers and families. The Alabama Fatherhood Initiative is a collaboration of public, private, non-profit, and faith-based organizations.

Alum Rock Union Elementary School District |

Alum Rock classrooms and schools represent the demographics of East San Jose. Parent involvement, community support, English classes, and health outreach services all contribute to school improvement. Standards-based instructional materials and immaculate campuses make Alum Rock schools a fine place to work and grow as a teacher.

ArtsopolisKids | serves to increase the visibility of local arts programming appropriate for children under 12 years and their families, with a particular emphasis on children between 0 and 5 years of age. It is an extension of its parent website,, an online resource for arts and cultural information in Silicon Valley. leverages the success of by exposing local arts programming for young children.

Brazelton Touchpoints Center |

Touchpoints is an approach for enhancing the competence of parents and building strong family-child relationships from before birth through the earliest years, laying the vital foundation for children’s healthy development. Parents and care providers can together look forward to periods of regression and disorganization more positively, being supportive of each other and of the child, in stronger shared care giving partnerships.

Building Peaceful Families |

Building Peaceful Families is a non-profit organization in Silicon Valley dedicated to helping build a better Silicon Valley by educating and encouraging community members to practice violent-free, healthy living. It offers community members educational programs and conferences in violence prevention, parenting, and healthy living, and a fitness training program. It also sponsors events to support involved, responsible, and committed parenting.

Center for Employment Training |

Center for Employment Training (CET) is a non-profit organization that offers educational and employment training programs for low-income, disadvantaged persons over the age of 17 of all backgrounds. It is a national network of 31 vocational educational centers operating in 11 states with locations in Santa Clara County. Students train 5 days a week, 6 to 7 hours day, attending skills and job training until they pass competency levels.

Childhood Matters |

Childhood Matters is a live one-hour weekly call-in radio show on 98.1 KISS-FM and 105.1 KOCN-FM in the Bay Area. Presented by Interactive Parenting Media (IPM), the mission is to inform and inspire people so that children may be happy, healthy, and thrive. IPM provides a public forum through its interactive radio shows — Childhood Matters and Nuestros Niños — and other media in English and Spanish.

Children Dental Group |

Children's Dental group is an office that has been designed and staffed to meet the special needs of treating children. Our doctors are either pediatric specialists, general dentists who have chosen to limit their practice to children, or orthodontists. We focus on delivering excellent, compassionate dental care in a fun and playful environment.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Fatherhood Initiative |

The purpose of the Fatherhood Initiative in Pennsylvania is to:

  • Improve parenting knowledge, attitude and skills;
  • Increase the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children;
  • Increase fathers’ education level and job skills;
  • Increase the financial support provided by non-custodial fathers; and
  • Encourage and support fathers as positive role models.

CSE: Services to Incarcerated Parents |

The Child Support Services Division of the D.C. Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (CSSD) established a program for non-custodial parents to request a suspension of their child support obligations after being sentenced to a period of incarceration. The arrears that incarcerated parents accumulate are often significant and difficult to collect. In addition, the debt accumulated during a period of incarceration can impede the parent’s ability to re-enter society and gain lawful employment after being released. There is no retroactive modification. By working with the D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. probation agency for the District, CSSD has developed a process by which parents subject to child support obligations who are sentenced to more than 30 days in jail are informed of the need to file a motion to suspend the support order and provided with the appropriate tools.

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Divorced Family Network |

The Divorced Fathers Network is a non-profit organization that supports cooperative relationships between former spouses. It has seven chapters in Santa Cruz, Monterey County, San Francisco, Los Gatos, Benicia, East Bay/Alameda County, and Beverly Hills. Chapters sponsor free weekly co-parenting classes, individual mentoring for fathers, recreational activities for families, and their friends.

EMQ Children and Family Services |

EMQ FamiliesFirst does whatever it takes to help children in crisis and their families. We are recognized for innovative mental health treatment, foster care and social services that help families recover from trauma, abuse and addiction, and rebuild their lives. We fight for sustainable change and advocate for improvements in the local, state and federal systems that serve children in need.

Family and Children Services |

Since 1948, Family & Children Services has provided health and human services to children, teens, adults, and families in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Our mission is to build strong, safe, and self-sufficient individuals, families, and communities.

Family Coaching Solutions |

Helping families to develop solutions and coaching them into realization.

Father-Friendliness Organizational Self-Assessment and Planning Tool |

The Father-Friendliness Organizational Self-Assessment and Planning Tool organizational self-assessment package is designed to help Head Start and other Early Childhood Education programs assess their readiness to provide services to fathers/father figures and their commitment and ability to serve the whole family rather than just the mother and child(ren). It was developed by the National Center for Strategic Nonprofit Planning and Community Leadership in partnership with the National Head Start Association, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Region V, and the Illinois Department of Public Aid, Division of Child Support Enforcement.

Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo |

The Fatherhood Collaborative is a policy and advocacy advisory body whose mission is to provide a forum to address and support the importance of men and fathers taking an active role in the well-being of children and families. The Collaborative funds father-friendly services in keeping with the mission of the Fatherhood Collaborative, but that cannot be offered by the Fatherhood Collaborative itself such as outreach, activities, and family reunification.

Fathers Inside, Incarcerated Parent Project |

The Fathers Inside, Incarcerated Parent Project was a pilot project at San Quentin State Prison, California providing inmates with forms, an information package about available child support services and contact information.

FIRST 5 Partnership with Elmwood Women’s Complex |

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, in partnership with the Elmwood Women’s Complex, is providing the “Kit for New Parents” to incarcerated mothers of young children. The kit comes in English and Spanish and is a comprehensive parenting resource that includes everything from practical advice on prenatal care to information on a child’s first years. The kits, valued at $75, are available at no charge to parents.

Foundation of Family Values |

The Foundation of Family Values (FOFV) is a non-profit organization in Santa Clara County that supports family wellbeing for families. FOFV offers parenting education classes, parenting support groups, and counseling services. The Fathers’ Support Group is a peer-to-peer group created to offer single, divorced, and married fathers an opportunity to address communication skills, explore parenting strategies, and discuss accountability issues in a safe and supportive environment.

Friends of Children and Families, Inc. (ID) |

Friends of Children and Families is a single purpose Head Start agency in suburban Boise, Idaho. The primary goal of the grant was to encourage fathers to read to their children. This has lead to the implementation of father/child events that take place every other Saturday. When children arrive at the events, they receive book bags filled with books that relate to the event to take home. The books distributed at the events will also be placed in the classrooms so teachers can familiarize the children with the topics. This helps to create better home-school collaboration.

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Georgia Fatherhood Program |

The Georgia Fatherhood Program (GFP) provides education, training, and job placement for non-custodial parents with court-ordered child support through the state technical colleges and colleges. This allows the parent to contribute to the economic well-being of his children and to the state economy. GFP is a partnership between the Department of Technical and Adult Education, Division of Special Workforce Services, and the Office of Child Support Enforcement.

Go Kids, Inc. |

Go Kids is a nonprofit agency that envisions communities where every child has the support they need to reach their greatest potential. We enhance the lives of children and families through the delivery of comprehensive child development services and community involvement. To this end we utilize best practice models with the administration and management of the agency and its employees; high accounting standards with our fiscal accountability; and accreditation based "best practices" for all programs within our three service departments.

Graduation, Reality and Duel-Role Skills |

Graduation, Reality and Duel-Role Skills (GRADS) is a New Mexico Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) program at schools, which enables teenage parents to complete their high school education while on-site day care is provided.

Hawaii Commission on Fatherhood |

The Hawaii State Commission on Fatherhood promotes healthy family relationships between parents and children by emphasizing the important role fathers play in the lives of their children. The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to state agencies and makes recommendations on programs, services, contracts, policies, and laws relating to children and families. It is a permanent commission that is attached to the Department of Human Services but functions autonomously.

Hombres Jovenes con Palabra (Young Men with Credible Word) Curriculum |

The Hombres Jovenes con Palabra (Young Men with Credible Word) is a 10 session culturally-based prevention/education program that focuses on male responsibility, pregnancy prevention and relationship violence prevention.

International Children Assistance Network (ICAN) |

International Children Assistance Network (ICAN) is a non-profit organization in Santa Clara County that creates strong family and community networks to support Vietnamese children and families to succeed in life. ICAN offers a leadership development program, child development workshops for caregivers with children age 0-5, and free meals for homeless women and children.


KTEH Public Television broadcasts from San Jose, and serves its viewers with programming from public television and other national distributors. The station’s outreach campaigns combine educational programs, productions, and activities to address community concerns. KTEH partners with community groups to create outreach campaigns, which address school readiness for young children, parenting issues, environmental awareness, drug and alcohol abuse, and reading.

Long Distance Dads Program (NM) |

The Long Distance Dads program teaches holistic parenting, empowering fathers to assume emotional, moral, spiritual, psychological, and financial responsibility for their children during incarceration and upon release. Inmates in the program get to read bedtime stories to their children; record themselves reading children’s books on cassette tapes, then they mail the tape and book to their children, encouraging inmates to improve communication with their children.

Lycoming/Clinton Head Start Program (PA) |

Lycoming/Clinton Head Start’s Fatherhood initiative added new “fatherhood” books to classroom libraries, which were incorporated into teacher/home visitor lesson planning and classroom Literacy Backpacks. Literacy Backpacks go home with children for joint parent-child activities. The books are integrated into early education activities. A “Mr. Head Start” Task Force composed of Policy Council representatives, fathers, and men was created to explore involving men in program activities and enhancing staff-parent interactions related to men. All staff received a training to involve men in the program.

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MACSA: Male Involvement Program |

MACSA’s Male Involvement Program (MIP) is a male responsibility program, which is designed to reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy, provide a traditional rites of passage for adolescent males, and to promote fatherhood responsibility with dads and their children. The program is open to males, over the age of 14, who want to prepare for the day-to-day issues and challenges they face. MIP provides presentation, support groups, multi-session workshops, and staff trainings.

Metropolitan Education District: Central County Occupational Center |

MetroED is the largest career-oriented educational organization in Santa Clara County, comprised of high school and adult career technical, academic and community programs. The Central County Occupational Center (CCOC) offers day and evening technical education courses within 12 industry sectors where junior and senior high school students can explore and develop skills that will lead them to higher education or into the workplace. Students attend half-days on the CCOC campus and half-days at their home high schools for a semester or an entire school year.

Murray Head Start (KY) |

Murray Head Start in Kentucky offered mini-grants to staff (both education and family service workers) to promote father involvement. One example of a mini-grant was the “The Fishing Project” where all dads and children received a fishing pole and attended a cookout at the state park. Murray also partnered with Family First to promote father involvement.

National Fatherhood Initiative |

National Fatherhood Initiative’s (NFI) mission is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers through education, training, and strategic engagement. Its national public service advertising campaign promoting fatherhood has generated television, radio, print, Internet, and outdoor advertising. Through its resource center, NFI offers a wide range of resources for fathers.

New Mexico Young Fathers Project |

The New Mexico Young Fathers Project is a program, which helps young fathers under the age of 26. Participants receive individual case management, mentorship and learn life skills in groups with other young fathers. They receive training in parenting, relationship skills, and decision-making. Participants also learn to navigate systems that impact their families and improve employment outcomes. Some participants are trained to become peer mentors/educators and conduct presentations to other young fathers and community groups.

Office of the Attorney General of Texas Child Support Division, Office of Family Initiatives |

The Office of Family Initiatives strengthens families, encourages healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and promotes increased parental cooperation and involvement with children. These goals complement and reinforce the Child Support Division’s mission to support families and children through the distribution of child support payments. OFI works collaboratively to build partnerships and works to improve outcomes for children and their parents by:

  • Improving child support efforts;
  • Promoting paternity education and voluntary paternity establishment;
  • Encouraging healthy marriage, family stability and responsible fatherhood;
  • Improving parenting skills and cooperation; and
  • Supporting non-custodial parent employment.

Office of the Attorney General of Texas: Building Strong and Healthy Families |

Building Strong and Healthy Families (BSHF-T) is a project that provides support to unmarried parents who are expecting or recently had a child. It works to support healthy couple relationships, encourage paternity establishment, and increase parenting skills and knowledge. The project is a collaboration with the federal Administration for Children and Families, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, and private foundations.

Organización Edificando Vidas |

Padres Con Cara y Corazón (Fathers with Face and Heart) Curriculum | Padres Con Cara y Corazón is a curriculum that focuses on guiding and supporting fathers to develop an active, positive, nurturing relationship with their children while assisting them to deal with the daily challenges of fatherhood.

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Parents Helping Parents |

PHP’s mission is to help children and adults with special needs receive the support and services they need to reach their full potential by providing information, training, and resources to build strong families and improve systems of care.

Parent Services Project |

Parent Services Project (PSP) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to integrating family support into early childhood programs and schools through training, technical assistance and education. PSP’s family support strategies are implemented in a wide range of cultures and settings including child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start, elementary schools, community-based agencies and teen parent programs.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte |

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM) is the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the U.S., providing services at 34 clinics and 35 satellite sites in 40 counties in California and Nevada. PPMM offers medical services, education programs, and advocacy initiatives. Its education programs feature classroom presentations, radio shows, peer education, family communication classes, information hotline, and support groups to help parenting or high-risk teen girls.

Power of Preschool |

Power of Preschool is a high quality, free, voluntary, part-day preschool program for 4-year-old children (and 3- year-old children when spaces remain and eligible 4-year-old children are served). The initiative expands access to preschool for Santa Clara County’s 3- and 4-year-old children and provides additional resources for families and early educators. The program was created to assist children in becoming personally, socially, and physically competent, effective learners, and ready to transition into kindergarten.

Project Cornerstone: Developmental Assets |

Developmental assets are the positive relationships, opportunities, values and skills that young people need to grow up caring and responsible. The Search Institute identified the 40 developmental assets as the essential building blocks of healthy child and youth development - including adult role models, positive peer influence, caring school climates and a sense that community values youth. With input from diverse community members, Project Cornerstone has added a 41st asset “positive cultural identity” to the current framework.

Project HIP (Helping Incarcerated Parents) |

Project HIP in Maine supports incarcerated parents, offering support and continuing education groups. It brings together incarcerated parents and their children for increased parenting skills. The program uses a handbook called “Prisoners as Parents: Building Parenting Skills on the Inside,” which is available from the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement.

Responsible Parenting Program |

The Responsible Parenting Program was established between the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) and the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Eligibility for the program include being: a child support obligor and/ or have parenting issues; and within 12 months of parole eligibility or completion of a sentence. It is designed to identify non-custodial parents within the custody of the DOC; assist them in understanding the child support system; and increase their motivation to meet their financial obligations as parents. Services include: comprehensive information related to the child support system; a parenting skills curriculum; employment training and job placement assistance; and community support services.

SJB Child Development Center |

SJB Child Development Center supports working families in Santa Clara County with subsidized and non-subsidized child care that is reliable, affordable and of the very highest quality. We exist because we believe all children in this community deserve to be cared for by dedicated, highly skilled professionals in a warm environment that educates, engages and inspires.

Supervised Visitation Center |

The Child Support Services Division of the D.C. Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia supports a Supervised Visitation Center that the D.C. Superior Court operates. This Center provides supervised visitation services to families in cases involving domestic violence.

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 |

A covered employer must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 work weeks of unpaid leave during any 12- month period for one or more of the following reasons:

  • For the birth and care of the newborn child of the employee;
  • For placement with the employee of a son or daughter for adoption or foster care;
  • To care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or
  • To take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition.

Visitation Involvement Parenting |

The South Carolina Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) initiated a pilot project in four counties called Visitation Involvement Parenting , in which CSED provides mediation services for the parents to establish a plan for access and visitation so that the child will have the benefit of both parents taking an active role in their life. The program also provides employment and training services for the non-custodial parent so that he/she can adequately provide financial support for the child and provides instruction to both parents on how to request help from the Family Court to enforce the visitation order. The custodial parent must agree to travel to the county where the non-custodial parent lives for any classes or mediation sessions.

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