Kid Connection

Kid Connection

For some children, school is a hard place to be. Having a "special place" to visit and play, or just having time out without the expectations of the classroom, can help some children feel better about themselves and school. Kid Connection is such a place.

How Does The Kid Connection Work?  The Kid Connection provides children some one-to-one time in a safe, secure atmosphere with a specially trained adult. Small groups of children also work together in The Kid Connection to develop social skills.

How Does The Kid Connection Help Children?  In a playroom setting, guided by the adult, children learn about their feelings, ways to get along with others, and to develop their self-concept. Children practice skills that they can use in their classrooms, on the playground, and in their lives outside of school. One goal of The Kid Connection is to help children be successful in future school and social situations. The Kid Connection is a research-based program. Data collected and analyzed over the past 19 years indicates that students who participate in The Kid Connection increase school -related competencies and decrease problem behavior.

Who Works With The Children? At Jackson School, Melinda Rau is the Child Associate (specially trained adult) who works with the children. Mrs. Rau has been with The Kid Connection Program for 19 years in the Livermore Schools.

For more information regarding Kid Connection, please e-mail Liisa Hanninen-Danner, School Psychologist at: