Early Childhood SUCCESS
Two case managers serve 3-5 year olds in the Des Moines Public Schools pre-school centers. There are no guidelines which families must meet in order to receive services. However, those that may be referred to the program include families of children with low attendance rates, low developmental skills, or problem behaviors.
Referrals to the Early Childhood program come from the Early Childhood team. The families that are identified often are experiencing barriers that may include mental health, new to the community, high mobility, lack of (or knowledge of) resources, language barriers, unemployment, underemployment, health issues, lack of health insurance, substance abuse, need for or interest in gaining parenting skills, and basic needs such as food, clothing, housing.