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Child Care Referral Services

Child Care Resource Center 
(661) 255-2474 
www.ccrcla.org 
The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) is a private, not-for-profit agency dedicated to the promotion of higher standards in child care and early education through the quality, support, development, and education of children, parents, child care providers, and the community.  CCRC’s team of specialists is trained and committed to being your resource for any early care and education assistance you may need in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and Antelope Valleys.  

Family Day Care Association of the 
Santa Clarita Valley
(661) 250-4238 
www.childcarescv.com
Partnership between parents and child care providers, based on mutual trust and recognition.  Provides referrals for licensed child care providers, matching parents with providers. Educates providers.  Professional base where providers can gain support, recognition, and education.  Shares information through a monthly newsletter.  
Free referrals.

Other Services, Events, and Resources in the City of Santa Clarita 
City of Santa Clarita Main Website
Youth Resource Directory
City of Santa Clarita Youth and Family Programs

Family Survival Guide - (818) 881-FAMILY - (818) 881-3264

 


Specialized Guidance, Counseling, and Support Groups

 

ACTION, A Parent/Teen Support
www.actionfamily.org 
Free weekly support groups for parents and adolescents. Offers support to families dealing with low self-esteem, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, running away from home, pregnancy, and other family-related issues. Also provides individual and family therapy on a sliding scale, low-cost drug testing, crisis intervention, immediate inpatient and outpatient referrals, and 24-hour helpline.

A Light of Hope Support Center
www.alightofhopescv.org 
A Light of Hope (ALOH) is a support group system for local families and individuals in crisis. We provide support for youth and young adults 14-26 years of age struggling with substance abuse and/or self-destructive actions or behaviors. We emphasize a 12-Step approach to family recovery, as well as Alternative Peer Group (APG) community of caring and welcoming experience for young people and their families. Free support groups for youth and parents (held separately) each Thursday at 7 p.m.

American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles – Santa Clarita Service Center
www.acrossla.org
The mission of the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles is to improve the quality of human life, to enhance self-reliance and concern for others, and to help people avoid, prepare for, and cope with emergencies.

Community service and leadership opportunities are available with the American Red Cross youth leaders, who are dedicated to educating and involving the community, which needs our support, through the delivery of vital services, motivated by both the knowledge that we can make a difference, and by the satisfaction that it brings.

ATEAM: Abstinence Through Education And Mentoring
ateam@beriskfree.com 
ATEAM is a non-profit, faith-based, community outreach   program   offering   education,   mentoring support, and encouragement to youth in the community.  ATEAM’s desire is to offer support and information in a nonjudgmental manner regarding sexual abstinence and other healthy lifestyles.

Biofeedback and Family Therapy Center 
www.kassel.us 
Although some of our emotional well being is contingent on heredity, most of it is shaped by our life's experiences from childhood to present.  Each new task we accomplish or experience creates neuronal networks. Psychotherapy can help you explore new possibilities for yourself, overcome internal obstacles by making the most of your strengths, and fulfill your potential in life. Dr. Steven C. Kassel, MFT, BCIA-c, BCIA-EEG, AAPM, works in a number of marital and relationship issues. His method of therapy explores new ways of behaving and understanding ourselves, which may forge healthier neuronal networks.

Child & Family Center 
www.childfamilycenter.org    
Child & Family Center helps build a healthy Santa Clarita Valley by providing mental health, behavioral and educational services to children, adults and their families.

Child SHARE  (Shelter Homes A Rescue Effort) 
www.childshare.org 
ChildSHARE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to equip and serve local congregations and recruit families to provide safe and loving foster and adoptive homes for children in the foster care system.

City of Santa Clarita Public Libraries 
www.santaclaritalibrary.com

Department of Children and Family Services
dcfs.co.la.ca.us    
The Department of Children and Family Services provides a comprehensive child protection system of prevention, preservation, and permanency to ensure that children grow up safe, physically and emotionally healthy, educated, and in permanent homes.

Domestic Violence Center 
www.dvc-scv.org 
Promotes and preserves non-violent, non- abusive family systems through intervention, prevention, and education.

Dynamic Interventions, Inc.
www.dynamicinterventions.net 
Provides counseling, assessment, consultation, and training services for students and families from pre-school through college.  Licensed educational psychologists.

First 5 LA
www.first5la.org 
First 5 LA is dedicated to improving the lives of young children and families throughout Los Angeles County.

Gay and Lesbian Association of Santa Clarita (GLASC)
www.glasc.com 
GLASC is a social organization in the Santa Clarita Valley for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) people. GLASC is an organization that strives to promote entertainment and friendship, community goodwill, and otherwise advance the education and interests of the GLBT community.

Grandparents As Parents (GAP)
www.grandparentsasparents.org 
GAP provides programs and services to meet the urgent and ongoing needs of grandparents and other relative caregivers raising at-risk children. Whether you are a caregiver in need of help, or a potential supporter of our cause, you will find what you’re looking for here.

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital – Behavioral Health Unit (Acute Inpatient Program) 
www.henrymayo.com
A 23-bed, acute psychiatric facility. The Behavioral Health Unit provides quality mental health treatment in an in-patient setting, for persons suffering from severe mental illness, who cannot be treated at a lower level of care. Individualized psychiatric treatment includes medication management, individual, and group therapy.

Holy Family Services
www.hfs.org 
Free counseling to help birth parents make an informed decision regarding the future of their child.  Provides information and resources for parenting. Offers adoption services, and temporary foster care for infants.

LA County Community Service Center of Santa Clarita
24271 San Fernando Road 
Santa Clarita, CA 91321 
(661) 254-0070

The Santa Clarita Valley Service Center provides a wide range of direct services to needy area residents including but not limited to information, referrals, government form preparation and translations, advocacy, counseling, and emergency services.  The Santa Clarita Valley Service Center operates a number of seasonal and year-round projects meeting the special needs of community residents.

LA County Office of Education 
www.lacoe.edu 
The online tool for accessing a wide range of resources relating to K-12 education in Los Angeles County. The many features of this website, like LACOE itself, exist for the primary purpose of providing support to the county's 80 school districts.

Great Schools
www.greatschools.net  
The parent’s guide to K-12 success.

La Leche League International
www.lalecheleague.org 
Worldwide organization provides support to pregnant and breastfeeding women.  Educational material, free catalog, and referrals to local leaders. 

Lutheran Social Services/Support Groups
(800) 929-5884 
Provides a full-range of low-cost counseling, support groups, seminars, and workshops that help people gain freedom from dysfunctional relationships and learn to give better care to themselves.

Mad About Rising Crime - SCV Chapter
(661) 223-1476 
Mission:  To keep SCV a safe place in which to live, work, and play.  In partnership with Valencia Valley Elementary School.

Math Support Services, Inc.
www.mathsupportservices.com
Math Support Services offers tutoring in the pure sciences, mathematics (all levels through Calculus),Chemistry and Physics.  We specialize in secondary and early college education.  Tutoring is available at our Santa Clarita locations. Sessions are available in a one-on-one or small group tutoring setting.

Moms Club of Saugus 
www.santaclaritaguide.com/MomsClubs.html
Offering support for stay-at-home moms.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
(661) 255-1301 
Creative activities for mothers and children in a Christian environment.

NewLeaf
www.newleaf-ca.com 
Helping people and organizations be their best.

Outreach Counseling Services
Carole Lutness, LCSW LAADC*

License SLW 18703 & LR 070211 Individual, Family and Group counseling

Mental Health – Depression, Anxiety, Stress, PTSD, Panic & Phobic Disorders, Crisis Intervention, Grief/Bereavement Addiction – Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Compulsive Behaviors, Codependence, Survivors & Recovery Family Life –Marital & Couple's Counseling, Parenting, Blended Families, Women's Issues, Older Adults, Teens/Children Life Transition Counseling – Employment, Career and Life Planning, Assertiveness, Self-Esteem

23560 Lyons Ave, Suite 204, Newhall, CA 91321.
For more information, call 661-755-7524
By appointment only Accepts Medicare & Medi-CAL *A non-governmental license

Parent Action on Drugs (PAD)
www.parentactionondrugs.org 
PAD's mission is to address issues of substance use among youth through outreach, prevention, education, and parent support. PAD enhances the capacity of parents, youth, and communities to promote an environment that encourages youth to make informed choices.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
www.pflag.org 
To promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender persons, their families, and friends through support that surrounds the gay population, advocacy to end discrimination, and to secure equal civil rights for our children.

Parents Without Partners, Inc. 
www.parentswithoutpartners.org

Saint Francis Psychotherapy and Counseling Center 
http://hometown.aol.com/StFrancisCt 
The Saint Francis Psychotherapy and Counseling Center is a non-profit, self-supporting, and professional counseling center, dedicated to providing counseling to all, regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity, or social-economic status.

The Center offers individual, family, marital, and group psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults.  Current programs include:  Tools for Teens, Life Management Skills Group, Anger Management, and a Women’s Group.

SCV Pregnancy Center 
www.scvpc.org 
The SCV Pregnancy Center exists to empower women regarding pregnancy-related decisions by providing education, information, and practical assistance.  Free pregnancy tests, options counseling, infant and maternity clothing referrals, support groups (pregnant teens, parents of pregnant teens, post abortion).

SCV Resource Center 
www.volunteerinscv.org/nonprofit_links.htm

SCV Safe Rides
www.scvsaferides.com  
To provide local teenagers with a safe alternative to dangerous driving situations, such as drinking and driving.  Free confidential Safe Rides are given by teen volunteers to local teens on Fridays and Saturdays, from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., and on New Year’s Eve.  No questions asked.

SCV Youth Project
www.helpnothassle.com 
The SCV Youth Project is a private, non-profit agency that provides advocacy, family mediation, crisis intervention, campus outreach, school-based programming, and case management services to teens and their families who are in need of additional assistance with their current circumstances.

Single Mothers Outreach
www.singlemothersoutreach.org 
(661) 288-0117
Single Mothers Outreach empowers parents and their children by providing hope, support and resources so that families can become self-sustaining.

SRD - Straightening Reins
www.srdstraighteningreins.org
(661) 803-1641
SRD ~ Straightening Reins, is a public nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation, as of 12/15/11, specializing in equine-assisted learning and interactive therapies, focused on at-risk youth and their families in Los Angeles, Kern, and Ventura counties. We support positive choices and infinite possibilities.

The Center for Adolescent and Family Health
(661) 775-9438 
Provides psychological treatment and education for, and research into, adolescent and family issues in the Santa Clarita Valley.   Offers immediate evaluation to assess the problem and determine what type of treatment is needed:

  • Short- and long-term treatment.
  • “Teen Talk” groups for difficulties with self-injury.
  • Consultations with school counselors.
  • “Developing Minds” CEU monthly seminars for mental health professionals and school counselors. 

Thomas Conflict Management Services
(661) 295-4647

United Way 
www.unitedwayla.org 
United Way’s mission is to create pathways out of poverty and improve the quality of life for all in Greater Los Angeles, by meeting basic needs like food and housing, improving the educational achievement of youth, and helping families become financially stable.

Valley Trauma Center 
www.csun.edu/eisner-education/strength-united
Valley Trauma Center is a non-profit, multicultural organization, dedicated to the elimination of sexual and interpersonal violence through healing, empowerment, and increased public awareness of prevention strategies.  We work in the communities we serve to provide quality crisis intervention and counseling services, training, and prevention education to promote social change.

weSPARK Cancer Support Center 
www.wespark.org 
weSpark is a special place dedicated to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and their families and friends. weSPARK provides, free of charge, a center where one can join with others to share their experience, strength, and hope. weSpark offers multiple services designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer. 

Zaroff & Zaroff
661-287-5996, ext 2 
818-886-9410, ext. 2
                                      
Mission: Zaroff & Zaroff is dedicated to providing individuals and families with support, new perspectives, and options that help clients find a motivating path that leads to change and improvement in their lives.

The practice centers on social skill groups for children and young adults.  We currently conduct 17 different social skill groups in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys. Work with families includes family contracting using a comprehensive, creative, and powerful contract system that reduces chaos, provides structure and helps parents and children learn more effective ways of relating.  We also provide parenting support and insight to single parents.

Other Services, Events, and Resources in the City of Santa Clarita 
www.santa-clarita.com  (City of Santa Clarita Main Website)
www.santa-clarita.com/index.aspx?page=451 (Youth Resource Directory)
www.scyouthandfamily.com  (City of Santa Clarita Youth and Family Programs)
www.scvs.webexone.com  (Special Needs Community Calendar)
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley 
Family Survival Guide - (818) 881-FAMILY - (818) 881-3264

  


Special Needs Services

 

Ability First (formerly the Crippled Children’s Society) 
www.abilityfirst.org 
Ability First provides programs and services to help children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities realize their full potential throughout their lives.

Provides After School Enrichment, Transition, Extended Day Programs, Socialization, Adapted Recreation, Music and Dance Therapy, Martial Arts, Vocational Training Centers, Supported Employment, Day Camps, Resident Summer Camps, Therapeutic Aquatics, Accessible Housing, Social Service Counseling, Parent Groups, Orthopedic Equipment Loans, Information, and Referrals.

C.H.A.D.D. – Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
www.chadd.org 
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.

C.L.E.A.R. – Community and Law Enforcement Aware Response
www.CLEARscv.org 
The mission of C.L.E.A.R. is to reduce criminal involvement of youth with disabilities through a network of educational programs to promote awareness and skills.  C.L.E.A.R. provides educational materials and opportunities for individuals with disabilities, their families, teachers and administrators, law enforcement and first responders, and members of the judicial system.

The C.L.E.A.R. Special Needs Registry allows families to provide a photograph and critical information about a special needs family member of any age to help Sheriff’s respond effectively in an emergency or criminal situation.  The registry is also helpful to reunite persons who are lost and cannot identify themselves.

Down  Syndrome Association of Los Angeles 
www.dsala.org 
Education, speakers, peer counseling, meetings for parents and caretakers of children with Down Syndrome.  Conferences, library, and information packets available.  Parent education, support groups, newsletters.

Families Caring for Families
(661) 949-1746 
Family Resource Center helps families access services for their children who are developmentally disabled, delayed, at-risk of delay, physically disabled, learning delayed, emotionally delayed, and/or medically fragile.  Program assists children of all ages. 

Family Focus Resource and Empowerment Center 
www.csunfamilyfocus.com 
Support, information, and referrals to families of children with special needs.  Resource directory of services and agencies, peer support to families in multi-languages, parent mentors form IFSP’s and IEP’s, seminars, newsletters, and library.

Foundation for the Junior Blind – Infant Family
www.juniorblind.org
In-home early intervention and support services for visually impaired, multi-disabled infants and toddlers, (ages birth to three years old).  Weekend camps, workshops.  Functional visual assessment, parent education, family recreation, counseling

Independent Living Center 
www.ilcsc.org 
The Independent Living Center of Southern California, Inc. (ILCSC) is a non-profit, consumer-based, non-residential agency providing a wide range of services to a growing population of people with disabilities.  ILCSC is dedicated to empowering persons with disabilities to exercise independence – professionally, personally, and creatively – while striving to educate the community on their needs.

International Dyslexia Association
www.dyslexiaida.org
Clearinghouse with 45 branches providing information on testing, tutoring, and effective teaching methods used to aid people with dyslexia.

John Tracy Clinic
www.johntracyclinic.org 
An educational center for deaf children (ages birth to five years old) and their parents. Hearing tests for hearing impaired infants and pre-school children (ages 22 months  to 5 years).  Baby Course (ages birth to 22 months) for child and parents.  English/Spanish, deaf, and blind programs for children of all ages.

Neuro-Vision Rehabilitation Institute & Sensory Learning Program
www.FVCOptometry.net 
Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation is an individualized treatment regimen for patients with visual deficits, as a direct result of physical disabilities, traumatic and/or acquired brain injuries. Neuro-Optometric Therapy is a process for the rehabilitation of visual/perceptual/motor disorders.

The Sensory Learning Program is a multi-sensory approach to developmental learning that simultaneously stimulates the visual, auditory and vestibular systems with light, sound and motion. The Program challenges the primary sensory systems to work together and better adapt to multi-sensory input, the foundation of all sensory processing.

Pediatric Therapy of Santa Clarita
26639 Valley Center Drive, #101 
Santa Clarita, CA 91351 
(661) 254-1842 
Offers Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists.

Parents of John Tracy Clinic
www.johntracyclinic.org 
Classes for parents of hearing-impaired children.  Classes for parents/family of hearing-impaired children, mail correspondence, classes for methods of teaching children who are hearing impaired.  Free Audiology testing.  Pre-school available (2 to 5 years old).

The Help Group – Project Safe
www.thehelpgroup.org
The Help Group serves children with special needs related to autism,  Asperger's disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, mental retardation, abuse, and emotional problems.

The North Los Angeles County Regional Center 
www.nlacrc.org
The North Los Angeles County Regional Center serves the health districts of East Valley, San Fernando, and West Valley within the City of Los Angeles.  Regional centers are nonprofit, private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. They have offices throughout California to provide a local resource to help find and access the many services available to individuals and their families.

Santa Clarita Valley SELPA Early Start Program
(661) 298-3292 
(661)298-3293 (fax)
Rio Vista Elementary School 
20417 Cedarcreek St., Canyon Country, CA  91351 
ckozlowski@saugus.k12.ca.us

The Early Start program provides an array of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with special needs from birth to three years of age.  Eligible children include those who are deaf or hard of hearing, have severe orthopedic impairments and/or visual impairment, which may impact their development.  Additionally, the Early Start program provides Regional Center vendored services for children with multiple disabilities that include hearing loss, children with a diagnosis of autism, autism spectrum disorder or significant communication and/or social delays.  Children may be referred by parents, educators, healthcare professionals, the Regional Center or other community service agencies. 

Special Education Local Plan Area 
www.scvselpa.org
661-294-5398
Fax: (661) 294-5399

The Special Needs Community Calendar 
www.scvs.webexone.com 
A free directory of special needs services and events in the Los Angeles County Area and Santa Clarita Valley.

Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network (SCAAN)
Support, information, and resources for families affected by autism spectrum and related disorders.  Monthly meetings and newsletter, periodic social events, and playgrounds.

Santa Clarita Valley Special Olympics 
www.sosc.org 
The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with mental retardation, providing them with opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and share their gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Working With Autism
www.workingwithautism.com 
"Working With Autism has been serving the needs of families since 1997, providing a range of services for families who have a child with Autism. Our success derives from our individualized programming and commitment to meeting the unique needs of each family with a spirit of collaboration. Our services include in home behavior therapy, school shadowing, adaptive skills training, social skills groups, specialized respite services, and sibling support groups. Services span the full developmental spectrum, from the time of diagnosis through adolescence."

Other Services, Events, and Resources in the City of Santa Clarita 
www.santa-clarita.com  (City of Santa Clarita Main Website)
www.santa-clarita.com/index.aspx?page=451 (Youth Resource Directory)
www.scyouthandfamily.com  (City of Santa Clarita Youth and Family Programs)
www.scvs.webexone.com  (Special Needs Community Calendar)
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley
Family Survival Guide - (818) 881-FAMILY - (818) 881-3264

  

Youth Leadership Services

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley
www.scvbgc.org
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to inspire and enable young people to reach their full potential as responsible, productive, healthy, and caring citizens.
Education and Career Development: Homework help, tutoring, and computer use.
The Arts: Photography, public art, and communication skills.
Character and Leadership Development: Keystone Club and Torch Club.
Sports, Recreation, and Fitness: Basketball, softball, soccer, arena hockey, flag football programs.
Health and Life Skills: Smart Girls and Smart Boys.

City of Santa Clarita Community Centers 
www.santa-clarita.com

City of Santa Clarita Youth Advisory Committee
www.santa-clarita.com/index.aspx?page=453  
The focus of the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is to  advise the City and community on activities, issues, and decisions relating to teens in the Santa Clarita Valley

Junior Achievement (JA)
www.jasocal.org 
Passionate people behind a movement that seeks to educate and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. JA Worldwide annually reaches approximately 7.5 million students worldwide. Through age-appropriate curriculum, JA programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers, and consumers. JA programs continue through the middle grades and high school, focusing on the key content areas of entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy.

R.M. Pyles Boys Camp
www.pylescamp.com 
R. M. Pyles Boys Camp is a youth leadership and character development program for selected economically disadvantaged boys.  The camp’s mission is to instill new attitudes and behavior, as well as to teach positive alternatives to youth that are at a tremendous disadvantage to compete in today’s world.  The focus is building self-confidence, goal setting, decision-making ability, and learning that success comes only through significant personal effort.  Our ultimate goal is to help create productive and responsible citizens.

Santa Clarita Valley YMCA
www.ymcala.org 
The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles puts Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Other Services, Events, and Resources in the City of Santa Clarita 
www.santa-clarita.com  (City of Santa Clarita Main Website)
www.santa-clarita.com/index.aspx?page=451 (Youth Resource Directory)
www.scyouthandfamily.com  (City of Santa Clarita Youth and Family Programs)
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley
Family Survival Guide - (818) 881-FAMILY - (818) 881-3264