Family Resource Center (FRC Grant)

WFREC is 1 of 11 in Los Angeles County and 1 of 47 throughout the state.

Early Start Family Resource Centers (ESFRC) provide parent to parent support, outreach, information and referral services to families of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. All ESFRCS serve families of children birth to three and many have enhanced funding which allows them to serve families of children over the age of three and individuals with developmental disabilities. Check with your local ESFRC for more information on the services that they provide.

Info about Early Start FRCs through DDS Website: http://www.dds.ca.gov/Birth36Months/Index.cfm

Info about Early Start FRCs through the FRC Network of CA: http://www.frcnca.org/

Info about Early Start FRCs in Los Angeles County: familyresourcenetworklac.org/

 

Early Start Plus (ESP)

WFREC is 1 of 11 in Los Angeles County and 1 of 47 throughout the state.

This is a ‘Safety Net’ program for babies and toddlers – Eligible children for ESP are ages birth through 35 months, who are at substantially greater risk for a developmental disability but who would otherwise be ineligible for services through the Early Start Program. FRCs will partner with parents and families to ensure parents remain an integral part of the Early Start Plus program for each child.

Services: Information, Resources Referral and Targeted Outreach

All infants and toddlers suspected of having a developmental concern including those “at risk” will receive intake and evaluation from their local regional center to determine eligibility for Early Start services. If the child is not eligible for Early Start, the regional center will determine if a referral to Early Start Plus is appropriate based on the child’s risk factors. Regional centers will facilitate each family’s access to local Family Resource Center’s Early Start Plus program with parent consent.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has contracted with the Family Resource Center Network of California (FRCNCA) through their 47 statewide Early Start Family Resource Centers (ESFRCs) to provide Early Start Plus Services . The FRCNCA will administer the program at a statewide level by providing technical assistance, contract management including guidance on policies and procedures to the contracted ESFRCs.

More information about Early Start Plus through DDS Website: http://www.dds.ca.gov/EarlyStart/ResourceMaterials.cfm

 

Family Empowerment Center (FEC Grant)

WFREC is 1 of 3 agencies in Los Angeles County and 1 of 14 throughout the state.

Family Empowerment Centers (FECs) funded by the California Department of Education (CDE) through an IDEA state
set-aside. The FECs provide services to families with children with disabilities who are between the ages of 3 and 22 to ensure that parents, guardians, and families of children and young adults with disabilities have access to accurate information, specialized training, and peer-to-peer support.

FECs are non-profit organizations staffed and run primarily by parents, guardians, and family member of children and young adults with disabilities and by adults with disabilities. As a condition of funding, each FEC must provide training and information that meets the needs of the parents and guardians of children and young adults with disabilities and work with community-based organizations.

Senate Bill 511, enacted as Education Code 56400–56414 in 2001, established the Family Empowerment Centers (FECs) funded by the California Department of Education (CDE) through an IDEA state set-aside.

More info about FECs through FEDC Website (New fiscal agent): http://www.calfedc.org/index.html  

Simple FEC Fact Sheet through FEDC Website (in PDF formate): http://www.calfedc.org/uploads/3/2/6/6/3266057/fedc_fact_sheet-1.pdf

More info about FECs through CAFEC Website (former fiscal agent): cafec.org/about

 

Family Voices of California (FVCA Grant)

WFREC is 1 of 2 agencies in Los Angeles County and 1 of 9 throughout the state.

Family Voices of California (FVCA) is a statewide collaborative of locally-based parent run centers working to ensure quality health care for children and youth with special health care needs.

FVCA builds the capacity of parent centers throughout California to provide families with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about the health care of their children. FVCA provides information and a forum for parent centers and families to advocate for improved public and private policies, builds partnerships between professionals and families, and serves as a vital resource on health care.

More info about FV through FVCA Website (former fiscal agent): http://www.familyvoicesofca.org/node/2 

 

Westside Regional Center (WRC)

It is Westside Regional Center’s mission to empower people with developmental disabilities and their families to choose and access community services that facilitate a quality of life comparable to persons without disabilities.

Westside Regional Center provides WFREC in-kind support and assistance.

More information about WRC: www.WestsideRC.org