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FIRST 5 Santa Clara County is proud to serve the young children and families of our county as a funder, a resource, and an advocate.

Children's Voice - February 2019

Children's Voice - February 2019

Earlier this month, FIRST 5 and Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services attended the Help Me Grow Inland Empire Planning Summit. Community members and partners came together to listen to local health and education leaders, share perspectives, and discuss next steps that will support health screenings and early intervention services for young children and their families.


FIRST 5 Highlighted in New Case Study

Recently, FIRST 5’s was highlighted in a case study on pretrial services, published by the Pretrial Justice Institute. The study examines how Santa Clara County and the Office of Pretrial Services (SCPTS) work toward safe and effective pre-trial justice and use data and information to monitor progress and push for change. While the article mentions First 5 California, please note it is FIRST 5’s work and organization they should be referencing.

Family Resource Center Increases Access to Books for Young Readers

Jessica, a mother of two young children, does not have access to a public library in her neighborhood. However, through a friend, she was connected to the parenting programs and bridge library at the Cesar Chavez Family Resource Center in San Jose. Jessica began visiting the family resource center weekly, encouraging her children to read and play with other children their age. With the bridge library close to her home, Jessica was now able to borrow books frequently and return them whenever her children wanted another book to read, without worrying about library fees. Now, Jessica finds that her children are eager to visit the FRC and return home after their weekly visits wanting to read.

Strong Start Index Launched by Children’s Data Network and First 5 Association

The First 5 Association of California and Children’s Data Network (CDN) launched a new tool to help service providers, policymakers, and government agencies more effectively support children and families and direct resources where they are needed most. The California Strong Start Index uses information collected at birth to understand the conditions into which California’s babies are born. The index focuses on resources that promote resilience and the wide variability of access to these resources among the half a million babies born in California each year.

Bridge Library Opens at AACSA Family Resource Center

On Saturday, February 2, in partnership with the Early Education Services at the San Jose Public LibraryBlack Leadership Kitchen Cabinet and the African American Community Service Agency (AACSA), a new bridge library opened at the AACSA Family Resource Center. This library joins five bridge libraries located throughout the county at FIRST 5’s Family Resource Centers and gives families access to library materials without the use of a library card. This event, held in conjunction with AACSA’s Meet Black Authors, also treated guests to discussions and meet-and-greets with featured authors including Brittany Starr Whittington, author of "Layla the Lawyer", and many others. We are so excited to have a new space in our community where local children can thrive. 

Community of Learning Workshops Now Available for February, March

The Community of Learning (COL) is a multidisciplinary workforce development institute that provides child-focused and family-centered professional development opportunities for FIRST 5 partners and community members. To browse the full list of upcoming workshops, click the button below. Upcoming workshops include:

Family Childcare Home Providers Learn Healthy Strategies in 10 Steps to a Healthier You! Workshops

10 Steps to a Healthier You!, developed by the Healthier Kids Foundation, has been adapted into three workshops for Family Childcare Home Providers (FCCHP) in FIRST 5’s SEEDS of Early Literacy program. FCCHP learn important strategies for implementing healthy eating and lifestyle habits for children. The curriculum also focuses on creating healthy, structured daycare settings. This program has been instrumental in supporting FCCHP and ensures participants gain additional knowledge and skills that they need to support the children in their care.


Potter the Otter Visits the Dentist Now Available as Animated Storybook

Potter the Otter Visits the Dentist has been transformed into an animated storybook. Children and their parents/caregivers are encouraged to listen and read-along together! For more information about Potter the Otter, click the button below to visit his website.


Silicon Valley Reads Heads to Family Resource Centers

In late February and early March, local Family Resource Centers (FRCs) throughout the county will host a free storytime for children and their parents/caregivers. Each FRC will be reading “Alma and How She Got Her Name” by Juana Martinez-Neal, a story about a girl who discovers why she has six names and how those names relate to her family history. For more information about the events, click the button below.


National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is an annual month-long celebration held in February that raises awareness about the importance of good oral health in children. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your child's smile shining this month and every day of the year.

  • Even before your baby has teeth, remember to clean your baby’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush after every feeding.

  • Young children should visit the dentist too! Remember to have your child visit a pediatric dentist by age one or when your child’s first tooth appears.

  • Parents can be brushing and flossing role models! When children see their parents regularly brushing and flossing, they are more likely to brush and floss on their own when they are older.


Children's Voice - March 2019

Children's Voice - March 2019

Children's Voice - January 2019

Children's Voice - January 2019