First 5 Contra Costa Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Kids

May 19, 2003
Network of Care

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. - First 5 Contra Costa today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies involved with children, especially kids ages 0-5. Network of Care for Kids is a “No Wrong Door” online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. This site can greatly assist families in finding the best services for their children, from insurance coverage to local services. It’s a better way to connect the community that cares for our children.

Sponsored by an innovation grant from the State of California in partnership with First 5 Contra Costa, Network of Care for Kids (www.networkofcare.org) is a pilot program for California and the nation. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with children’s issues, Network of Care for Kids ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their children’s activities, interactions and important records.

Network of Care for Kids provides a comprehensive Service Directory of hundreds of service providers in Contra Costa County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about child care, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning children’s issues.

To increase accessibility and accommodate Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.

Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve children, by embracing Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and chat rooms.

Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.

Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains all Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities, currently serving one-third of the state’s population, and the Network of Care for Mental Health, which was launched in San Diego County in May 2003. Based on requests from the state and several of its counties, Trilogy is also developing Network of Care sites for domestic abuse, substance abuse and behavioral health.

Trilogy,the leading information provider in the field of social services, plans to serve the entire State of California via Network of Care by the end of 2003. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.