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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 - March 2019

Children's Voice - March 2019

Check Out Potter the Otter Website

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Potter the Otter has a brand new website dedicated to educating children and parents/caregivers about the benefits of practicing healthy habits every day. The website includes information about Potter’s books, events, resources, a blog, and much more!


Oral Health Resource Fair

Councilmember Sylvia Arenas, FIRST 5, Potter the Otter, and community partners celebrated National Children’s Dental Health Month at the Evergreen Family Resource Center. Parents and caregivers and children received valuable oral health information at the Oral Health Resource Fair and enjoyed a Potter the Otter storytime. We hope this event inspired parents/caregivers to teach their children the benefits of healthy dental habits that last a lifetime.

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AACSA Family Resource Center Hosts Kids Fair


Earlier this month, the AACSA Family Resource Center hosted a Just Kidding Kids Fair. Families from the local chapter of Jack and Jill Inc. assembled over 50 “Bags of Love” filled with oral hygiene items, fruit, and sandwiches for the area’s homeless community. Participants enjoyed balloon art and a visit from Potter the Otter! Children and families also visited the FRC’s bridge library, filling their book bags with reading materials to enjoy at home with their families. For more information about the AACSA’s programs, please click the button below.

 

Potter the Otter Visits Children’s Discovery Museum

On Friday, March 1, Potter the Otter joined Pete the Cat and Max Rhymes at the Children’s Discovery Museum during the museum’s Storytime Pajama Party. The special storytime featured readings of several books including Potter the Otter: A Tale About Water, encouraging children and their families to adopt healthy habits like drinking water every day. Children and their families enjoyed fun, family-friendly activities at the museum after hours.

 


FRC’s Positive Parenting Program Supports Local Families

Sandra started visiting the San Miguel Family Resource Center early last year after seeing that her son struggled to follow schedules and routines at home. Family Resource Center staff invited Sandra to take part in the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) held at the center. As Sandra began participating in Triple P’s workshops, she learned simple strategies to help manage her son’s behavior, prevent problems, and build a stronger parent/child relationship.

Throughout the program, Sandra continued to visit the Family Resource Center, working with staff to model positive interactions with her son. Sandra’s son also started to participate in the activities and playgroups. With the tools and strategies provided throughout the program, Sandra and her son created a healthier, happier, relationship.

“With support from FRC staff and skills I learned throughout Triple P’s workshops, my son remains happier than ever. He now participates in activities and it has been rewarding watching him grow and thrive at home and at school.”

- Sandra A., FRC Parent

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FIRST 5, Community Partners Announce Investment in ParentChild+

Last month, FIRST 5, SOMOS Mayfair, and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County held a press conference to announce an investment in ParentChild+ with GreenLight Fund Bay Area. ParentChild+, formerly known as the Parent-Child Home Program, is an early literacy, parental engagement, school readiness model committed to closing the student achievement gap. This partnership supports local families and children by providing them with high-quality early learning experiences so they enter school prepared to learn and succeed.

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FIRST 5 Hosts Silicon Valley Reads Storytimes at Family Resource Centers

In late February and early March, FIRST 5 hosted four Silicon Valley Reads-inspired storytimes at local family resource centers. FIRST 5 and FRC staff read “Alma and How She Got Her Name”, a story that encourages young children to explore the history behind their names. To encourage the joys of reading and book sharing at home, FIRST 5 distributed 250 copies of the book to participating families.


FIRST 5 and Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo Partner to Bring Early STEM Programs to Family Resource Centers

Recently, FIRST 5’s Family Resource Centers, in partnership with the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, hosted a series of early learning STEM programs for local children and families.

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AACSA Family Resource Center Hosts Kids Fair

Earlier this month, the AACSA Family Resource Center hosted a Just Kidding Kids Fair. Families from the local chapter of Jack and Jill Inc. assembled over 50 “Bags of Love” filled with oral hygiene items, fruit, and sandwiches for the area’s homeless community. Participants enjoyed balloon art and a visit from Potter the Otter! Children and families also visited the FRC’s bridge library, filling their book bags with reading materials to enjoy at home with their families. For more information about the AACSA’s programs, please click the button below.


Community of Learning Workshops Available in 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:

Trauma-Informed Practices in Early Childhood Education (March 23, 2019): During this workshop, participants can learn strategies to integrate trauma-sensitive mindfulness practices into their classrooms and programs to create calm, learning environments for young children and the adults that care for them.


First 5 Express Heading to Adelante FRC at Rebekah Children’s Services

The First 5 Express will visit the Adelante FRC at Rebekah Children’s Services on Saturday, March 16. The event offers a variety of activities, giveaways, and educational resources. 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 and encourages parents/caregivers to get involved in their child’s early life.

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National Reading Month

March is National Reading Month! Take this month to spend more time reading with your children and remember to read with your children every day.

  • Plan a trip to the local library with your child and pick out a new book. Libraries equip children with lifelong learning and literacy skills.

  • Your child memorizes words and enhances their comprehension every time they re-read their favorite book. They use this knowledge later, for example, when they summarize the story.

  • Take your child to a library storytime! Library storytimes provide benefits for young children. For example, children gain experience listening to another adult and practice how to sit quietly.

  • Reading exercises your child’s brain! Reading regularly with your children enhances their vocabulary, focus, and concentration. These early reading skills benefit your child when it comes time to learn in preschool and kindergarten.

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Now Available! Are You Ready? A Family’s Guide to Starting Kindergarten

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Parents and caregivers take many steps to ensure that their children start kindergarten on the right foot! FIRST 5 provides a free handbook to prepare children for a successful first year of school. We encourage Santa Clara County-based organizations, particularly local school districts and early childcare centers to order. Click here to order.


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.


ParentChild+ Seeks Bay Area Regional Director

ParentChild+, formerly known as the Parent-Child Home Program, a nationally recognized early childhood literacy, parenting education, and school readiness program, seeks a Bay Area Regional Director based in San Jose. The director oversees the establishment and expansion of the ParentChild+ program in the Bay Area and provides training, technical assistance, and quality assurance to new ParentChild+ sites. For more information about this position, click the button below.


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