Rancho Las Positas Elementary School

Kid Connection


We have the great benefit of having the Kid Connection program here at Rancho Las Positas. Kid Connection provides children some one-on-one time in a safe, secure atmosphere with a specially trained adult. Small groups of children also work together in the Kid Connection program to deal with common concerns such as self-esteem and social skills.

In a playroom setting guided by the adult, children develop their own rules and routine. They learn about their feelings and ways to get along, 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 prevent future school and social adjustment difficulties. The Kid Connection is a research-based program. Data collected and analyzed over the past 18 years indicates that students who participate in the Kid Connection increase school-related competencies and decrease problem behavior.

Marilee Geissbuhler, Rancho Child Associate, and Liisa Hanninen-Danner, Kid Connection Project Coordinator and School Psychologist, work together to ensure that children have a positive start in school. For further questions about the Rancho Las Positas Kid Connection program, please contact Liisa Hanninen-Danner at lhanninen-danner@lvjusd.k12.ca.us.