Children's Voice - June 2019
Community Snapshot - Family Festival
Local families and students enjoyed an afternoon at Chandler Tripp Elementary School’s Family Carnival, presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) on Friday, June 7. This annual event is open to Early Start and preschool families at Chandler Tripp and other local preschools. Young children and their families enjoyed a variety of activities including painting, bubbles, dancing, and pony rides. Close to 20 local agencies, including FIRST 5, Parents Helping Parents, the San Jose Public Library, provided tools and information to local families.
Family Resource Center Brings Exciting Learning Opportunities to Young Children and Their Families
Earlier this year, the ICAN Family Resource Center in San Jose hosted a program, in conjunction with the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, introducing children and their parents/caregivers to animals who live at the zoo. Instructors encouraged children and their parents/caregivers to say hello to the animals. Instructors also encouraged parents/caregivers to lead by example, reminding them that it was important to let their child see their them try something new.
Young children were also given the option to choose whether or not they want to pet the animals. Lam, a young child, attended the program with his mother. At first, Lam did not want to touch one of the animals, the albino hedgehog; however, he remained curious as his mother pet the animal when it was her turn. When it was Lam’s turn, he instructor brought the animal over to Lam and asked if he wanted to pet the hedgehog. Lam leaned forward, held out his hand, and pet the hedgehog!
Programs like these held at FIRST 5’s Family Resource Centers throughout the county, encourage children to explore new experiences in a safe environment while also helping children meet their social and academic needs before they enter kindergarten. By experiencing new things early in life, young children like Lam join their kindergarten peers well prepared and ready to learn.
FIRST 5, Community Partners Recognize National Mental Health Month with Proclamation
Last month, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County and our community partners proclaimed May as National Mental Health Month during the City of San José City Council meeting. A child's mental health is an important aspect of any child's social and cognitive development. We encourage everyone to use the many resources available for families, children, and parents/caregivers so that all county residents can thrive!
Health Screenings Provided at Ben Painter Elementary Preschool Co-Op
Last month, the Ben Painter Elementary School Preschool Co-Op in San Jose held health screenings for local children and their parents/caregivers. Children received dental screenings as part of an ongoing effort to encourage parents/caregivers to be proactive about their children’s dental health. Along with the Healthier Kids Foundation, FIRST 5 supports early dental screenings to ensure families have access to important dental information, education, and care.
Potter the Otter: A Tale About Water Now SNAP-Ed Approved
We are excited to announce that Potter the Otter: A Tale About Water is now approved for SNAP-Ed funding in California.
FIRST 5 Welcomes New Commissioner Anne Souza
FIRST 5 is pleased to welcome Anne Souza to the FIRST 5 Commission. Anne brings a wealth of experience, having worked on the Campbell Union High School District Work Experience Program Advisory Board and the Campbell Village Neighborhood Association. Anne is currently a member of Campbell’s Civic Improvement Commission and has been a lifelong volunteer for many organizations including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Relay for Life Habitat for Humanity, and many others. We are so excited to have her as a member of the commission and look forward to continuing our work alongside her. Anne represents Supervisorial District 4.
Potter the Otter Gets Ready for Kindergarten Now an Animated Storybook
Potter the Otter Gets Ready for Kindergarten has been transformed into an animated storybook for parents/caregivers and children to enjoy. This animated storybook follows Potter and his friends as they prepare for the big day by getting health checkups, learning their ABCs, and more!
With school wrapping up throughout the county and the weather heating up, we’ve compiled a few tips to keep your children safe and healthy over the summer:
Make time for water breaks. When your child is active this summer, remember to have them take breaks often to prevent dehydration. Carry a refillable water bottle so that you and your family have water on the go.
Don’t forget routines during the summer. Try structuring daily routines for your family and children. For example, choose a day of the week or weekend to visit the pool or play at the park. Routines help young children develop a sense of family stability and belonging.
Keep reading every day! A child’s reading ability can decline over the summer when school is not in session. Keep learning all summer long and encourage your child to read 20 minutes every day, either with you, a family member, or on their own if they are able.
Remember to protect your child with sunscreen. Sunscreen plays an important role in protecting your child from the sun on hot summer days. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before heading outside, even on cloudy days.
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