Vista Hill’s PROMOTE! program seeks to further the educational progress and well-being of school students between 3 to 8 years of age that are at risk for developing problem behaviors and mental health conditions. PROMOTE! is a three-way partnership of Vista Hill, Escondido Union Elementary School District and the County of San Diego – Behavioral Health Services.

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PROMOTE! Services

Our PROMOTE! Program has two main components:

  1. Incredible Students – An evidence based approach to screening, service recommendations and participation in the Incredible Years social-emotional prevention curriculum.
  2. Parent Connect – Parent peer model to reach out to the families of children identified as being at-risk. Parents may receive education, training and support, resource referrals and participation in the student’s education.

Professional Staff

PROMOTE! staff are comprised of master’s level mental health clinicians and parent engagement specialists using a Promotora community model.

Who is Eligible?

Escondido Union Elementary School District students identified by the District social workers.

Goals and Measures:

  • Screen 100% of enrolled children kindergarten through 3rd grade at 12 targeted schools in the Escondido Union School District with the Walker-McConnell Scale of Social Competence and School Adjustment.
  • Provide classroom based Incredible Years (evidence-based curriculum) Dinosaur School curriculum in weekly lessons to 30% of enrolled k-3rd grade children.
  • Provide Incredible Years Small Group services to 30% of moderate risk screened students in k-3rd grade. Demonstrate 70% behavioral improvement on Walker-McConnell Scale.
  • Provide Incredible Years Parent Education to 550 parents and demonstrate 70% improvement using the Parenting Stress Index.
  • Screen Parents for Prevention and Early Intervention needs (District Screen)
  • Provide Family Engagement services to 1,500 families and help them connect with resources and ready their children to learn.
  • Confirm positive outcomes – connection to resource, improved grades, improved behavior.
  • Measure Satisfaction with services.

Outcomes (2017):

Dinosaur School:

  • Provided weekly Classroom Dinosaur instruction to 2,500 students
  • Provided booster services to 1,400 additional students
  • Over 4,000 students received instruction in social emotional skill education.

Small Group:

868 students participated                   520 students improved behavior

Parent Education and Resource Connection:

  • 846 parents participated in Education Services with 94-98% satisfaction and 76% with reduced Parenting Index Scores
  • More than 1,500 parents received support to help ready their children for school through our Family Engagement Specialists resource support with 98% satisfaction

Program Reach:

January through June: 3,240               July through December:  5,960