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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 - April 2019

Children's Voice - April 2019

First 5s From Across the State Meet with Governor Newsom’s Staff

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Earlier this year, First 5 staff from throughout the state met with the governor’s staff at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. During the meeting, First 5’s contributed their thoughts and opinions on Governor Newsom’s approach to serving and uplifting California’s youngest children.

FIRST 5 Express Visits Adelante Family Resource Center

On Saturday, March 16, the First 5 Express visited the Adelante Family Resource Center at Rebekah Children’s Services in Gilroy. Children and their parents/caregivers enjoyed activities including karaoke, music, and storytime. The First 5 Express, a bilingual children’s activity center, travels across California to inspire families to understand the importance of a child’s earliest years. Thank you to everyone who attended!

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Family Resource Center’s 24/7 Dad Program Gives Fathers Tools to be Involved, Responsible, and Committed 24/7

The Race Street Family Resource Center offers a 24/7 Dad program in Spanish. Developed by parenting and fatherhood experts, 24/7 Dad gives fathers the tools they need to be good parents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 24/7 Dad strengthens the growth and development of father, encouraging them to be caring, compassionate individuals who treat themselves, others, and the environment with respect and dignity. By the end of the program, nine fathers graduated from the workshop held at the Family Resource Center. A parent volunteer and Family Resource Center staff co-facilitated the program. Since 2017, approximately 371 individuals have participated in the 24/7 Dad program.

“I learned that being a father is an everyday job, and it takes work. You have to become a good communicator and learn how manage your time, so that you can be an effective dad in your kid’s life.”

- Michael A., 24/7 Dad Participant


FIRST 5, Local Advocates Participate in Resilience Film Panel

On Tuesday, April 2, the Reentry Resource Center in San Jose held a panel discussion and screening of  “Resilience: the Biology of Stress and Science of Hope”. FIRST 5 and local advocates participated in a panel discussion to spread the word on how stressors of adverse childhood experiences connect to behavioral, psychological, and physical problems in adulthood. The Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, County of Santa Clara and the SOC Adverse Childhood Experiences Network co-sponsored the screening and panel.

FIRST 5 Hosts Silicon Valley Reads Storytimes at Family Resource Centers

Last month, FIRST 5 met with the City of San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department to discuss implementing the SEEDS of Learning curriculum at the city of San Jose’s preschools. During the next fiscal year, approximately 30 staff from six of the city of San Jose's preschool sites will be trained in the SEEDS curriculum and receive coaching as part of a pilot program. The San Jose City Council has adopted Early Education Quality Standards for all city-funded programs that serve young children. The implementation of SEEDS of Learning is part of a set of strategies to support these standards and improve the quality of early learning opportunities offered through city programs.

Month of the Young Child

In honor of Month of the Young Child, celebrated throughout April, we rounded up some interesting facts about your little one!

  • On average, two-year-olds add around five new words to their vocabulary every day.

  • Babies are born with around 100 billion brain cells that help them develop memory and the ability to think for themselves as they grow.

  • A baby’s first social smile appears between four and six weeks after birth.

  • Did you know that a child’s brain grows most dramatically from birth until the age of 5? During these years, a child’s brain soaks up as much information as possible, learning from observation and instruction and sharpening their cognitive abilities.

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Screen-Free Week Materials Available for Distribution

In honor of Screen-Free Week, FIRST 5 created a series of posters and postcards that community partners can distribute to families and use to show their support at their sites. For more information about the items or to request the materials for your site, please email us.


Potter the Otter

Potter the Otter’s blog showcases Potter at community events throughout the county and monthly tips for parents. This month Potter’s blog provides tips for a family garden that the whole family can enjoy. Read Potter’s blog here.

Upcoming Events

FIRST 5, Partners to Host Screen-Free Week Event at Kaiser San Jose
Please join FIRST 5, Potter the Otter, the San Jose Public Library and community partners as we celebrate Screen-Free Week on Tuesday, April 23. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Potter the Otter be on site to give hugs, high 5s, and distribute his storybooks. We hope to see you there!

Kaiser San Jose Santa Teresa San Jose Medical Center
256 International Circle
San Jose, CA 95119

First 5 Advocacy Day Arrives in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 30

Please join us to celebrate First 5 Advocacy Day on Tuesday, April 30 in Sacramento. Join partners and families from across the state as we celebrate at the capitol to advocate on behalf of young children. We encourage children and their parents/caregivers to attend. This event features games, a visit from the First 5 Express, Potter the Otter, and much more!

Rethink Your Drink Day to be Held on Wednesday, May 8


Celebrate ReThink Your Drink Day with FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, Catholic Charities and the Public Health Department! Join us for this family-friendly event at Windmill Springs Elementary School where children will learn about healthy eating/drinking habits, try infused waters, and say hello to Potter the Otter in person.

FIRST 5 Seeks Candidates for Deputy Chief: Community of Learning

FIRST 5 seeks candidates for the Deputy Chief: Community of Learning position. Under the direction of the Chief Program Officer, the deputy chief is responsible for directing the strategic planning, development, budgeting, implementation, evaluation and reporting of county-wide workforce development strategies, services, programs, and activities for families with children under age 6.

Children's Voice - May 2019

Children's Voice - May 2019

Children's Voice - March 2019

Children's Voice - March 2019