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First 5 Kern April 2018 HANDPRINTS Newsletter

  • Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month – Kern honors six babies who have died
  • Public Health Officer / First 5 Kern Commissioner retires to keep serving
  • Lamont Weedpatch Family Resource Center turns 25
  • April Calendar
  • First 5 Express brings mobile adventures to Bakersfield
  • Black Infant Health program graduates 11
  • Impacting trauma in Kern for children and families
    • First Trauma cohort of 100
    • Holding precious treasures – First 5 Kern provides Easter bags to homeless center’s Eggstravaganza
    • Sesame Street Traumatic Experiences Live Session
  • Recipe of the month (test first)
  • Parent News
    • Exercise during pregnancy can shorten labor
    • Breastfeeding mothers who overeat
    • Product recalls
    • Babies and stress
    • Helping your child with anger
    • A whooping cough epidemic
    • Featured on social media – Miss Ellie takes a walk on “Take a Walk in the Park Day”
  • Early Child Education News
    • Community Care Licensing spring updates
    • Congress approves omnibus spending package affecting children
  • State and National NewsKern County Schools on the state dashboard
    • Test scores rise a few weeks after families get food stamps
    • Dr. T. Berry Brazelton “America’s Pediatrician” dies at 99
  • Funded Provider Tips – Social media “mentionables” that might matter
    • Bakersfield Observed blog
    • Looking good on camera
    • What is Alignable?

First 5 Kern March 2018 HANDPRINTS Newsletter
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  • First 5 comments on marijuana sales projections
  • Single state agency needed for ‘patchwork’ of California’s early childhood education
  • Win a photo session! First 5 families can win a photo session, 5 to be given away
  • New First 5 Kern mission on wheels!
  • Caring Corner Day Care for Medically Fragile Children visit
  • Director thanks Congressmen
  • Staff train 20 agencies in Safely Surrendered practices
  • Media partners cover Children’s Dental Health Month and Kern County Children’s Dental Health
  • Kern County Network For Children
  • What Trauma Informed Care looks like and Supporting children who faced trauma
  • Clinica Sierra Vista, Inc.serves pregnant and parenting teens
  • Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Homeless Law Center for families too
  • Greenfield Family Resource Center offers programs
  • Article links for parents and caregivers
  • Calendar of all things outreach and families

First 5 Kern February 2018 HANDPRINTS Newsletter
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  • Children’s Dental Health Month – Handprints Featured Provider: Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network
  • Safely Surrender Baby Month
  • First 5 Express Adventure Returns to Kern for Four Sites in April and May
  • Greenfield HELPS Collaborative Health and Safety Fair
  • Calendar of Events and Safe the Dates
  • Conference: See Poverty, Be the Difference
  • Self-Care Can Help New Years’ Resolutions be Successful
  • Eight Major Job Fairs
  • VITA Offers Free Tax Prep
  • Ridgecrest Regional Hospital to hold Health and Wellness Fair
  • No County in the State Reports Latino Students at or Above Standards for Math or English Language Arts
  • Two Bills Seek to Increase Transitional Kindergarten and State Preschool
  • State Lags in Providing Infant/Toddler Special Need Services
  • State School District Dashboard Launched, Spurs Data into Action
  • Child Care Licensing Update
  • Effects of Abuse and Neglect Seen Three Decades Later

First 5 Kern DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018 HANDPRINTS Newsletter
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  • Safe Sleep Gift Aims to Save Babies’ Lives in Cold Months & Beyond (pg 6)
  • Assemblyman Rudy Salas Visits Buttonwillow
  • First 5 Statewide Network Heads Towards 20th Year
  • State First 5 Association Rep Visits Kern
  • Technical Advisory Committee
  • January Confidentiality Training
  • Trauma-Informed County Effort Progresses; 7th Annual Conference and Kaiser Investment (Toxic Stress in Kern)
  • Tips to Keep the Holidays Merry with Children
  • A Simple Gift that Costs Almost Nothing: Free Pattern
  • First 5 Kern Holiday Hours
  • Parenting as a Process
  • Read Aloud Winter Tracker
  • Free Story for Children Who Experienced Fires
  • Changes in Special Education Teacher Requirements
  • Educational Research Association Reports Early Education is a Game Changer
  • Families Can Earn $225: ScholarShare 529
  • Cost of Child Care in America: California’s Cost Link
  • Volunteers Needed; Count Affects Vulnerable Families and Homeless
  • Making Ends Meet Ranks County Second to Most Affordable for Families
  • Mental Health First Aid Training – New Effort Can Change Culture of kern
  • Free Basic Restorative Practices Training
  • Adventist Health Mobile Children’s Immunization Schedule – January 2018
  • Bakersfield Pregnancy Center Mobile Medical Clinic
  • Delano Child Development Classes
  • Holiday Fruit (Pear) Parfait (Ntl Pear Month)
  • Easy Eggless Eggnog
  • Kitchen Helper Activities: 0 to 5-years-old
  • Lactation Support: Persons of Color Study

First 5 Kern NOVEMBER HANDPRINTS Newsletter 2017

  • First 5 Kern Audit and Annual Report Hearing
  • Confidentiality Training
  • First 5 Express Visits Kern on Statewide Tour
  • Thumbprint Featured Provider – NOR Neighborhood Place Community Learning Center
  • Wee 5 EXPO
  • Talk.Read.Sing. The App
  • ZEROtoTHREE Conference
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Workshop
  • Recipe: Sweet Potato Stew
  • Safe Sleep
  • Kern County Breastfeeding Coalition
  • November Calendar and Special Days
  • Help Me Grow Statewide Fact Sheet
  • Wildfire Funds for Children
  • Covered California Enrollment
  • Blue Ribbon Commission
  • Home Visiting Report

October 2017 Handprints Newsletter – Click to read

  • Ready to Start – The Thumbprint Feature Provider
  • OP-ED: Let’s preserve Federal Funds for Kern County (MIECHV)
  • CDA Foundation Dental Clinic to Serve 2,000
  • First 5 California to send FIRST 5 EXPRESS to Bakersfield for Four Events: South Chester Partnership; Children’s Mobile Immunization Program at New Life Church; Bakersfield Adult School Children’s Center and Health Literacy Program
  • Photos: Kern Early Stars Celebration (Sep 9); One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern – Bakersfield College event (Sep 13); Safe Baby, Safe Child Conference (Sep 29); Bakersfield College Arly Child Education Entrepreneurial Conference (Sep 26)
  • Outrageous Outreach and Opportunities in October (more than 30!)
  • First 5 California’s Sesame Street ‘Care, Cope, Connect’ now available in Korean, Arabic, Spanish and English
  • 7th Annual Medically Vulnerable Care Coordination Conference coming soon
  • National Apple Month Recipe: Apple Corn Chili
  • Children’s Mental Health Workshops
  • Overheard Out and About
  • The Screen Scene Podcast Series: Family-Centered Care and Conversation Techniques; and Referral, Follow-up and Partnership Building
  • Current Social Media Series @First5Kern and @First_5_Kern
  • First 5 Kern sponsors Third Thursday Kids Art and Education Expo – October 19

September 2017 Handprints Newsletter – Click to read
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  • Congressman Valadao’s Field Representative visits North Kern programs: slideshows of McFarland and Delano
  • From the Executive Director: staff kudos for Persimmony effort and It’s a girl!
  • Children’s Mobile Immunization Program – Adventist Health
  • Racism and Violence: Conversations with two- to five-year-olds
  • Care, Cope, Connect – Free for families, English and Spanish (from Sesame Street)
  • Supervisor / Alternate Commissioner Perez appointed to state board
  • One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern – First 5 to conduct social media series “POVERTY…the first five years”
  • First 5 Kern window clings
  • Three Kern employers identified as “family friendly”
  • First 5 California stakeholder survey
  • First 5’s commitment to children and families – 2016 recap one-sheet
  • Who would be impacted by presidential/congressional policy proposals? (Breakdown by congressional district)
  • Home visit policy published by American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Early Childhood Council of Kern Center Director Professional Learning series
  • Educators’ and parents’ growing demand for early childhood education – NAEYC study
  • September special days
  • Health and wellness recipe: 1 Banana 1 Bowl Muffins – in honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness and Better Breakfast Month
  • September and October happenings


July / August 2017 Handprints Newsletter – Click to read

  • First 5 Kern funded program links: early childhood educators and infant mortality providers
  • First 5 Kern introduces Parent and Child Care Provider Resource Library
  • First 5 Kern Planning documents released: 2017-18 Strategic Plan and the Recaps from the 12 Town Hall Meetings held.
  • Kern Supervisor and First 5 Commission alternate Leticia Perez writes Op-Ed for Sacramento Bee “Why tying counties’ hands-on contracts will cost taxpayers.”
  • Drowning is Silent – reprinted from Kern Medical’s magazine “Health for Life”
  • Potter the Otter activities
  • Purple Ribbon Month – stories from families who’ve lost children (click the one-sheet)
  • Recalls and alerts
  • Early Childhood Council of Kern’s website is a resource for early education job openings
  • Paid sick leave status and video explanation
  • Resource tools: Kids COUNT Book from the Data Center and 40th annual Health US 2016
  • National News: New infant mortality research shows black infants could be saved with better care
  • United Way of Kern’s Day of Action brings 5,000 books to early child education
  • NOTE: Child Support Services Back2School Health and Wellness featured has been updated. See the First 5 website home page.

June / July 2017 Handprints Newsletter – Click to read

  • Summer reading opportunities, library, free fun at Barnes and Noble, online reading and more
  • New First 5 commissioner and new staff
  • Academic preschool
  • “THUMBPRINT” Featured funded program ‘Medically Vulnerable Care Coordination’