First 5 Kern partners with local children and family service providers, funding current and new community activities and services that nurture and support children through the first five years of life; and their families.
First 5 Kern recognizes that 90% of brain development and the importance of a child’s emotional, physical and intellectual environment, during the first five years of life.
First 5 Kern funds programs in three focus categories: health and wellness; early childcare and education; parent education and support services. All coordination within First 5 Kern’s realm of influence emphasizes the integration of services within communities.
First 5 Kern extensively evaluates the work of service providers to ensure the programs are making a positive impact on the lives of the children and families they serve. Many programs funded are recognized, accredited and/or honored [beyond First 5] as model programs that demonstrate innovative ways to reach and help children and families.