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(PLACERVILLE, CA) – El Dorado County's Community Hubs programs received an award from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) recognizing it as an exemplary and innovative service to the community.
The Community Hub program is located in each of the five supervisorial districts, using the local library as a "hub" to provide prevention and early intervention services to families. The Hubs are comprised of a multidisciplinary team including a public health nurse, a community health advocate, a family engagement specialist and an early childhood literacy specialist. It is a collaborative effort between the Health and Human Services Agency, County Libraries, First Five, and El Dorado County Office of Education.
"The Community Hubs offer families with newborn children to age 18 the opportunity to learn about child development, parenting, the importance of literacy and many other issues facing families today," said Health and Human Services Agency Director, Don Semon.
The Hubs have served more than 6,000 children age zero to five and almost 5,000 parents and caregivers in the last two years. In 2018, Hubs have provided almost 900 literacy activities, nearly 200 family engagements and connected close to 900 families with health providers.
"Libraries are a natural choice to locate the Hubs because families regularly use them and feel safe there," said Library Director, Jeanne Amos. "By offering these services and information here, we connect with families and children who may otherwise not visit a government office."
CSAC's annual statewide program honors innovation and best practices in county government. This year, CSAC received 284 entries – the second largest number in the program's history. An independent panel of judges with expertise in county programs selected the award recipients.
You can learn more about the Community Hubs here:
For more information about the CSAC Challenge Awards, click here.