First 5 Kern works to strengthen and support the children of Kern County, prenatal to 5-years old, and their families. By funding and empowering service provider agencies – through the integration of services – First 5 Kern focuses on… health and wellness, parent education, and quality child care and early childhood education.

Successful Outcomes

A toddler was terrified of water…

After enrollment in Make A Splash, the program instructor was able to help a little boy, afraid to even get his face wet, to overcome his fears. Through diligent follow-through of his mother, the child participated in the full series of lessons. Now the family can be assured that the baby is as safe as possible around and in the water, including taking baths and swimming in the pool.

Make A Splash is a program of the City of Bakersfield Department of Recreation and Parks.


22-years-old, developmentally delayed, pregnant and homeless…

Through case management, a young mother received referrals to get into housing. The Black Infant Health program also connected her with in-home supportive services to assist with the daily tasks of caring for her baby. The little one was born full term at a healthy birth weight and continues to be up-to-date with well-baby checkups and immunizations.

Black Infant Health is a program of the County of Kern, Public Health Services.

3-years-old and not walking…

Developmental milestones indicate a child should be running from adventure to adventure long before their third birthday. Doctors could not determine why one local toddler was not taking any steps. With encouragement, a healthy and consistent environment, and nurturing parenting, the child was walking within two months of enrollment in the Small Steps Child Development Center.

Small Steps Child Development Center is a program of the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

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