Educational Institutions

OAKES CHILDRENS CENTER INC

Helping children and families meet their highest potential since 1963

aka Oakes Children's Center

San Francisco, CA

Mission

Oakes Children’s Center is dedicated to providing education and mental health services to youth with emotional and/or developmental challenges and to their families, particularly in underserved communities. Our goal is to foster the social, emotional and educational growth necessary for children to continue learning and fully realize their potential.  We fulfill our mission by providing individualized education, innovative and culturally-responsive therapeutic services, comprehensive assessment, and clinical training.

Ruling Year

1965

Executive Director

Linda Wohlrabe

Main Address

1550 Treat Ave

San Francisco, CA 94110 USA

Keywords

therapeutic, educational, mental health, at-risk youth, children

EIN

94-1565132

 Number

4665865851

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Oakes Children's Center aims to intervene and to create a positive trajectory for each at-risk child or youth facing mental health and educational challenges. Every year, we offer therapeutic mental health services to over 250 under-served and at-risk youth and demand continues to outpace our provision. 100% of our clients face mental health challenges as a result of developmental delay, autism, trauma, abuse, and/or other familial or socioeconomic circumstance. Oakes' services have adapted and expanded: Oakes' Clinicians work with individuals and in classrooms on our own Outpatient/ School site and now in over 60 San Francisco Unified School District Schools. Demand continues to grow for Oakes' therapeutic support particularly through our Outpatient and Partnership Programs.

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Public School Mental Health Partnership

Outpatient Program

Clinical Training Program

Caregiver Support

Oakes School

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) developed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Almost all of the children we reach through our programs are enrolled in elementary, middle or high schools in San Francisco, and each each client is struggling with mental health disability.

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Minorities,

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Each individual child and their family receives therapeutic evaluation initially, at regular intervals throughout their program of treatment, and as the client transitions out of our care.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Students

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Therapeutic Mental Health care and evaluation is provided to all clients through our programs.

Number of children screened for autism and other developmental delays

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

All children are screened for developmental delay. Many have suffered trauma or abuse and/or adverse circumstances: Some may be on the autism spectrum.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Developmentally and emotionally challenged children and youth need the therapy and individualized learning they often do not receive in public school classrooms, their families, and in their communities. Lost with few other places to turn, Oakes Children's Center embraces these students, providing the necessary psychiatric and counseling services to bolster the resiliency of these at-risk youth, providing these children with tools to learn and to thrive in their school, their family, and in life. Students come to Oakes programs through referral from local SF public schools: they are often facing significant stressors including poverty, disrupted communities, trauma, community violence, discrimination, racism, divorce, fostering, housing difficulties, neglect, and lack of access to crucial resources. Each youth diagnosed with mental disability deserves and requires individualized therapeutic attention and an educational environment where he/she can learn and practice self-awareness and the skills needed to continue to learn and to thrive.

All Oakes' programs are family-centric and education-based, aimed at keeping our clients with their families and in school. Oakes thus uses a trauma-informed relational perspective to work with children and to help foster healthy, safe relationships between clients, Clinicians, and all staff, and to provide clients with experiences that will aid them in learning how to live with or to overcome their challenges, whether emotional, psychological, or from other experiences that have impeded their learning and social relations. Our highly trained teachers, therapeutic clinicians, psychologists, and support counselors provide a trusting, caring environment that is guided by an understanding of how our behaviors, responses, thoughts, and feelings impact the ability of the children we serve. We aim to maintain or repatriate all clients to mainstream public schools with increased self-regulation, self-reliance, resiliency, leveled-literacy and overall learning to ensure their success in their school, family, their community, and in life.

The success of ourclients is adjudicated through all individuals’ progress reports (IEPs) and engagement, through regular testing and grade-level achievement markers, through daily staff and teacher reports on each client, professional oversight and with peer and mentor interactions. We track student clients to their transition location after leaving our care, including those who return to their mainstream public schools and thus transition to less restrictive and less costly levels of services, those who require the same level of intensive treatment, or who transition to a more intensive/restrictive/expensive program. We generally repatriate 20% of our clients each year back to regular classrooms, as we have in the last two years. We aim to maintain or repatriate all clients to mainstream schools with increased self-regulation, self-reliance, resiliency, leveled-literacy and overall learning to ensure their chance of staying in school and their future success in their family,

Oakes Children's Center is regularly certified or adjudicated by The San Francisco Department of Health: Mental Health Services and the CA Department of Education. Our California School Assessment Report Card (SARC) is available online. San Francisco Unified School District is our partner for our Partnership Program, where we serve individuals and in classrooms in over 60 elementary, middle and high schools throughout San Francisco. Oakes' clients, families, staff, and Board complete surveys each Spring on our professional performance and programmatic success. Our clients, families, and community have supported us for over 57 years.

We seek to provide therapy and counseling in educational settings to as many students as possible in the San Francisco community, particularly through our Partnership and Outpatient Programs. Our challenges include having the resources to aide clients to increase their individual resiliency, self-regulation, and overall mental health. Oakes also recognizes the benefit of our agency-wide professional development and training, for which we could also benefit by increased support. We continue to apply for funding from charitable organizations for our General Operations. Oakes is also currently seeking financial support of Capital Improvements which focus on client and staff safety, life, HIPAA-compliant and seismic upgrades to our current administrative and educational hub.

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Financials

OAKES CHILDRENS CENTER INC

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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