Campus: Sonoma State University -- December 12, 2003
CIHS Receives $4.7 Million Grant For Children with
Special Needs Project
The First 5 California Children and Families Commission has announced
the selection of the California Institute on Human Services of Sonoma
State University as the recipient of its Special Needs and Coordination
Project. CIHS will receive $4,750,000.
Under this five-year project, CIHS will be responsible to assist the
Commission in designing and implementing a statewide research and demonstration
program for improving early childhood assessment and intervention services
for young children (birth to five years old) with disabilities.
The Commission selected CIHS through a competitive process because of
the Institute¹s extensive, nationally-recognized expertise in research-based
training and technical assistance to early childhood programs and communities.
The Institute already has a number of significant projects underway
in the area of early education including a $22.5 million program to
provide training to Early Head Start Programs across the United States
on appropriate practices with children with disabilities.
There are also several other multi-million dollar projects, funded by
varied sources, to work with a large number of programs on the development
and evaluation of young children¹s language and literacy skills.
The First 5 California Children and Families Commission was established
through a voter referendum approved tax on tobacco products to fund
programs that benefit children from birth to five years of age.
The Special Needs Project being undertaken by the Commission will build
on the Commission's existing statewide early childhood literacy program
by targeting research and development efforts on children with disabilities.
For more information contact Linda Brault at CIHS, (707) 664-2416.