Children's Voice - July 2019
Community Snapshot - Family Festival
FIRST 5, Potter the Otter, and our community partners recently attended the DWC (Dependency Wellness Court) Family Picnic. DWC helps parents with substance use disorders work toward reunifying with their children. Families and their children enjoyed an afternoon of food, raffle prizes, and outdoor activities. This event also provided a space for families to have their supervised visits, to help rebuild and strengthen their family relationships. Staff from the Dahl Family Resource Center provided even more family-friendly activities!
Evergreen FRC Hosts Family Book Cubby Workshop Bringing Books to Local Children and Families
Sometimes books aren’t available for children and families to borrow or read, especially age-appropriate children’s books. However, the Evergreen Family Resource Center recently hosted a Family Book Cubby Workshop, providing local children with the opportunity to create a book cubby, pick up new books, and get reading! Approximately 20 families and 35 children attended, creating over 30 cubbies to store books. Children were encouraged to add books to their new cubbies, that they could take home and read. Family Resource Centers remain an ideal location to reach families and children, connecting them to reading materials and books.
Summer Food Services Program Now Ongoing Throughout Santa Clara County
Did you know? Good nutrition is essential for healthy learning, even when school is not in session. Sites like Educare and Cesar Chavez Elementary in San Jose are participating in the program throughout July and August.
FIRST 5, Partners, Celebrate 2018-2019 SEEDS Class Accomplishments
On Saturday, June 22, FIRST 5 and our community partners celebrated the accomplishments of the 2018-2019 SEEDS program graduates at Educare! SEEDS is a relationship-based professional development program for family childcare providers.Throughout the program, each participant received training, assistance, and coaching to promote early literacy and language development with children in their care. We are so proud of the class’s accomplishments - providers now have more tools at their disposal to help young children thrive in their care.
FIRST 5, Partners, Celebrate First Cohort of the Human Development Master’s Program
On Saturday, June 29, FIRST 5 and our community partners gathered to celebrate the first graduating class of Pacific Oaks College’s Human Development master’s program. Graduates currently work at Quality Matters sites as center-based family childcare home providers and educators. Graduates are now more prepared to continue their work in the early education community. As part of the 18-month program, students also participated in mentoring programs, lending their skills and expertise to the community.
During the ceremony, students expressed their gratitude toward one another for the support they received and expressed their interest in advocacy and policy work. Kathy Wahl, a FIRST 5 Commissioner, spoke at the graduation and highlighted the benefits of this important investment. FIRST 5 provided assistance with tuition and books. Many thanks to WestED E3, and to Pacific Oaks for their support. We are so proud of their drive to help improve the health and wellness of local children and families.
Coming Soon! Potter the Otter Eats School Meals
Potter the Otter’s newest book will soon be available in Santa Clara County! In this book, Potter and his friends explore the benefits of fueling up when they enjoy healthy breakfasts and lunches at school. This book is a collaboration between FIRST 5, Second Harvest Food Bank, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, and the California Department of Public Health.
The Community of Learning (COL) is a multidisciplinary workforce development institute that provides professional development opportunities for FIRST 5 partners and community members.