The Commission funds a complimentary array of programs of prevention, early
intervention, education and outreach to improve the physical and emotional health
of young children and works collaboratively with many government and private
organizations to provide services to children and their families in Sutter County.
The Commission has identified four focus areas for service planning:
- Parent Education and Support Services
- Early Childhood Care and Development
- Healthy Children
- Integrated services for Families and Children
For each focus area the Commission has adopted a comprehensive set of goals and
objectives. For a more complete description please refer to the Commission’s
Strategic Plan also available on this website.
The Sutter County Children & Families Commission and it's programs are
Tobacco Tax (Prop 10) funded programs.
Sutter County Smiles is the result of an Oral health Initiative approved by the Sutter County Children &
Families Commission in January 2004. Oral health services are provided in partnership with Peach Tree Healthcare.
For more information regarding oral health services for Sutter County pregnant women and children age 0-5,
please call (530) 788-3578.
Bright Futures, Child Health and Development Screening
This monthly program provides FREE
Health and Developmental Screenings
to Sutter County children birth to age 5. The program provides an
opportunity for parents to have their parenting and child development questions
answered in a fun and relaxed environment, and if there is a need for additional
services Bright Futures staff can provide help accessing the recommended service.
Bright Futures has screened an average of over 2682 children since 2004. In 2005
Bright Futures was the winner of the National Association of Counties Acts of
Caring Award which recognizes the top county volunteer programs in the country.
Smart Start, Kindergarten Transition Program
The Smart Start program continues the Commission’s commitment to school readiness
services. The Yuba City Unified School District is the administrator of the program
which continues to expand. The Smart Start program provides pre Kindergarten students
with a wide variety of activities including academic readiness, socialization,
self-help skills, physical development and enrichment activities in addition to
health and dental assessments, immunizations and referral services. Families are
offered literacy support services, parenting skills classes and information on
Smart Start will be held at several elementary schools in Sutter County starting in
June 2012. Complete the interest flier and return it to your neighborhood school. For
more information call 822-3207.
Child Development Behavioral Specialist
The Commission approved a five year commitment to funding a Child Development
Behavioral Specialist to provide early screening and intervention for children under
six in Sutter County who are exhibiting behavioral problems to the extent that they
have been identified in pre-school, kindergarten, health or child care settings as in
danger of failing. The goal is to help children successfully transition into the
This program serves all residents of Sutter County with children under the age of six.
In most cases, difficult behavior can be corrected by improving the skills and
understanding of the adults that interact with the child and establishing a plan to
modify the behavior. In some cases, the child may need to be referred for specialized
Lisa Suarez is the Child Development Behavioral Specialist for Sutter County. She has a
Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a Master’s degree in Marital and Family
Therapy. Through her education and experience as a pre-school teacher and family
therapist, she has developed valuable skills to assist families in strategizing ways to
improve behavior. Lisa believes that parents are the experts on their children, so her
approach is collaborative and her goal is to equip parents, guardians, and other adults
who work with the child to feel confident in their disciplining abilities. Most of her
services are done in-home to help families feel more comfortable and to maximize
effectiveness. She also holds workshops, classes, and special events in the community
to address various hot topics and introduce some evidence based parenting practices.
Family SOUP, Special Needs Project
Family SOUP is a family resource center dedicated to supporting,
encouraging and providing information and facilitated referral to families of
children with special needs. We offer a variety of programs for parents / caregivers
and children. The Special Needs Project is a program funded by the Sutter County
Children & Families Commission. It provides services to families of children
between the ages of zero and six. Our goal is to enhance school readiness of special
needs children by providing their families with support and education.
Family SOUP serves children with special needs of any age.
While Early Start and the Special Needs Project have age limitations, Family SOUP is able to
provide similar supports and services to families regardless of age. We serve all
disability and medical areas - if a parent feels they have a child with special needs
their concern is real and we are here to help. For more information you can go the
Family SOUP website