Programs have a lasting impact on the lives of children, families, and entire communities.
Funded agencies provide a support network when families have few places to turn. Sometimes stories are tragic. Poverty is rampant, stress and family crisis are common. Programs create opportunities for success through their services and the community partners they refer to. The staff of programs funded by First 5 Kern experience first hand the positive impact that Proposition 10 tobacco tax dollars have on the lives of children and families in Kern County.
Below are just a few stories that show the positive impact that comes from empowering children, parents, and families – helping them become resilient, self-sufficient, and successful participants in their communities. Participants in First 5 Kern’s funded programs remain confidential.
Black Infant Health Program
A recent participant in the program started out as a sullen, quiet young lady who was struggling with housing issues—couch surfing while pregnant and with a toddler in tow. After only a short time with the program staff, she had some significant successes, and even began to open up and share her story with fellow participants during the Prenatal Group Sessions. In working with her Family Health Advocate (FHA) she was able to set realistic and attainable goals, and follow them through to their completion. Her FHA helped to provide her with resources and the additional encouragement she needed to pursue her dream of pursuing a college education.
She is now currently attending classes at Bakersfield College as a Criminal Justice major. Additionally, she has secured stable living arrangements while she looks for low-income housing and focuses on her pregnancy, her son and self-care.
Black Infant Health Program is a program of the County of Kern, Public Health Services Department.
Make A Splash
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5 in California, and is a persistent concern in Kern County with our lakes of course the often-deadly Kern River. This program provides not just education, but an opportunity to expose children to water safety and swimming basics at a young age. A mother of a toddler recently enrolled her child, who was terrified even to get his face wet. After participation in Make A Splash, the program instructor was able to help him overcome his fears by week two. Through diligent follow through of his mother, the child participated in the full series of lessons. Now the family can be assured that their child is as safe as possible around and in the water (including taking baths and even swim playfully) without feeling panicked.
The program also provides training in pediatric CPR/AED and first aid, and its staff works with local Head Start and State Preschool sites to provide Parent Water Safety Workshops during the summer months.
Make A Splash is a program of the City of Bakersfield, Department of Recreation and Parks.
Special Start for Exceptional Children
One little boy with challenging behaviors attends the Special Start for Exceptional Children program. It is not uncommon for him to throw toys, run from teachers, and have tantrums. He often refuses to eat, mostly due to a deficiency and lack of appetite (due to long-term use of a gastrostomy (feeding) tube). To assist students with behavioral issues, a teacher implemented “Tucker Turtle”; an anger management technique that provides a place for students to “take a break.” Tucker Turtle is a friend to talk to when the children feel sad, angry, or even happy. The little boy was first introduced to Tucker in the midst of a tantrum. After a couple of months, he sought out Tucker on his own – even, on one occasion, relaxing so much he fell asleep. Tucker Turtle has become a buddy to the children. Taking Tucker a step further, staff initiated “Caring Hearts for Tucker” where children could place a paper heart on Tucker when they were caught doing a good deed. The little boy was so moved by the process of Tucker that he was heard exclaiming that “the hearts make Tucker smile!” Although his behaviors still surface occasionally, now he hesitates before making a negative choice. Special Start for Exceptional Children is a program of Caring Corner, a special education preschool for medically fragile children.
Domestic Violence Reduction Project
A 38-year-old mother of three children (ages 10, 7 and 4), came to the Domestic Violence Reduction Project to seek assistance in getting a restraining order. Emotionally abused throughout the six-year relationship with the father of her youngest child, the emotional abuse had escalated to physical violence. She shared an incident of an argument that had resulted in being pushed her up against a wall. As she struggled to steady herself and get away, he put his fist through a window and fled. He was arrested but not charged. On another incident, he whipped their child with a cable cord for going outside to play without permission. The Project assisted in filing the restraining order. The mother was granted the stay for three years, and the judge granted her sole custody (and “professionally supervised visitation” to the father twice monthly, along with mandatory domestic violence prevention classes). The orders remain until the father can show the court that he is no longer a danger to the child. The family can finally live in peace.
The Domestic Violence Reduction Project is a program of Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance.
Discovery Depot Child Care
Discovery Depot is noted for being the first licensed child care center based at a homeless shelter in the entire state of California. The following two success stories demonstrate what they are able to accomplish not just for the children, but the entire family. Recently, a single mom enrolled her young toddler in the Infant Room. Mom was a little nervous about leaving her infant but really wanted to look for employment and housing. Within a few months and after attending several orientations with the Bakersfield Homeless Center jobs crew she was able to find a job. Mom has now received her voucher for housing and is waiting on an inspection so she can move with her daughter and start their new life. Her daughter is thriving in the Infant Room, she has bonded with all of the teachers and enjoys participating in the daily activities.possible solutions.
Another story involves a mother who had expressed interest in child care and even took a tour of our facility. She was awaiting reunification of her 3 children which had been removed from CPS in a different county. Once her 3 year was back in her custody she came straight over to Discovery Depot to
enroll her child. Mom was making an effort to work on her mental health issues attending groups and participating in the Nurturing Parenting groups at the BHC. Mom was very withdrawn at first, but was able to begin engaging with the teachers and asking questions at parenting group after a few months. After being at the shelter for approximately 6 months she had secured housing for her family.
Discovery Depot Child Care is a program of Bethany Services, Inc., located at the Bakersfield Homeless Center
Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network
Recently a school nurse utilized our Nurse Referral Program for her three year old special needs student. This child had complained of pain during school hours and an assessment revealed the child had decay on every tooth. KCCDHN was able to help the school nurse communicate with the parent (who only spoke Spanish) and worked with our contracted pediatric dental office to relay the essential information needed to help the child. Between our program, parent, school nurse and pediatric dental office’s staff, an appointment was expedited with UCLA and transportation was offered. The school nurse was very grateful to our staff member and thanked her personally when our program provided services at her school site.
Another story starts with one of the many school site visits throughout the region. On a follow up visit to one school in Delano, in order to check the progress of their oral health care of the children who participated in their earlier dental clinic, the staff found a little boy who struggled with brushing his teeth. It became obvious this child did not know what to do with the toothbrush: how to hold it properly, or brush his teeth. She had to show him literally how to hold it and brush correctly and reinforce the importance of brushing twice a day in order to have healthy teeth. One of the important aspects about KCCDHN is their ability to educate children early on about the importance of healthy teeth and smiles. They are also able to give
children the tools they need to accomplish this task (a toothbrush, a cleaning, a fluoride treatment, and a dental referral, if needed) as well as impressing upon them the importance of having healthy teeth so they can eat healthy food, sleep well, stay focused in school (no toothaches), and have happy smiles.
Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network is a program of West Kern Community College District and works through Kern County Superintendent of Schools.
2-1-1 Kern County
A recent call to 2-1-1 was from a pregnant woman who was about to lose her home, due to insufficient funds to make her rent payment. The initial purpose of her call was to proactively seek out homeless resources, but the 2-1-1 operator was instead able to get her in touch with programs that offered financial assistance for rent. She was also connected to a Maternal-Child Outreach Program as well, in order to obtain perinatal care.
2-1-1 Kern County is a program operated by Community Action Partnership of Kern, and is also supported by the Kern County Public Health Services Department and the United Way of Kern County.
Health Literacy Program
Among the events held by the Health Literacy Program are Parent & Child Workshops. Participating parents have talked about the benefits they are receiving from attending the workshops, such as making better food choices for their families and making sure they do some sort of exercise together throughout the week. The stories that come directly from the parents are very powerful and encourage other parents to look forward to what they may learn. The program encourages parents and their children to make healthier meal choices and many parents observe how surprised they were at how receptive their children were to trying new options, as well as just how much their own food choices impact those of their children.
Another parent had the courage to share her feelings at a parent and child interactive workshop, saying, “I have learned a lot on the workshops. I do not want my daughter to think it is ok to be obese like me. I have lost 50 pounds, cooking more vegetables and having less sugary drinks. I want to be a good example for my daughter. We go to the park more now and I do not eat big portions. I want to continue losing weight and eating good.”
The Health Literacy Program is a program of the Bakersfield Adult School/Kern Union High School District
Blanton Child Development Center
First 5 Kern is one of the primary trainers in the county for ASQ (Ages & Stages Questionnaire) assessments. That special training was put to good use by the Blanton CDC staff with Joseph, who was enrolled there at 10 months of age. Initially he scored well, but over the coming months, he did not appear to be developing, struggling to hold himself up against furniture and not attempting to walk well into his 15th month of age. Their staff encouraged his mother to talk to her doctor about his lack of gross motor skills. Her doctor helped her in the assessment process with Kern Regional Center, Early Start Services and began receiving support through Bakersfield City Schools within a matter of weeks. Joseph is now crawling and taking steps and the Blanton Child Development staff is working along with his family on his Individualized Family Service Plan.
The Blanton Child Development Center is a program of Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Community Health Initiative of Kern County
Victoria is a mother of two girls, ages fifteen and seventeen, who mean the world to her. She felt devastated that she could not afford to take them to the doctor when they needed medical attention. She resorted to buying over the counter medicine and treating the issue at home. Paying out of pocket for a doctor visit was the last option due to the cost. She sought the help of the Community Health Initiative (CHI) Program to see if they could help her obtain affordable health coverage. A Certified Enrollment Counselor helped her complete an application, and Victoria and her two daughters were eligible for the Medi-Cal Program. When she was notified, she was ecstatic. As soon as her application for health coverage was approved, she scheduled a medical, vision and dental check-up for both her daughters. She is grateful the CHI helped her obtain peace of mind now that both her daughters and she have health insurance.
The Community Health Initiative of Kern County is a program of the Mercy Foundation-Bakersfield
Delano School Readiness
One local young student had not attended preschool because his mom was worried about him struggling in class because of his speech impediment. We were able to convince the mom to have her son attend our Summer Bridge program. In the beginning, the student struggled with making eye contact and interaction with other people, and he would often just wander around the classroom. After a couple of days, he started participating in group activities and centers. He learned how to share and follow directions. He loved to play with the manga tiles and the STEM problem-solving kits.
Delano School Readiness is a program of the Delano Union School District
Differential Response Services
The work performed by Differential Response is often in-depth, and cases can take months to resolve. In one particular story, what started as a General Neglect referral after a traffic stop for the lack of a car seat turned into a 229-day study in case management.
It involved a family of four with two kids below the age of 7, and starts with a parent being cited for a lack of insurance or a license, and having their vehicle impounded. But when the case manager took on this case she quickly realized that this family had additional issues and many needs, unrelated to their vehicle.
The assigned Case Manager quickly identified that the family was having issues providing the basic needs for their children. Both mother and father were willing to work with the Case Manager and wanted to do what was best for their kids. Initially, the Case Manager provided the family with items to help stabilize and cover basic necessities for the family, such as food cards, food basket, hygiene kits, a voucher from Salvation Army and PG&E assistance through the emergency funds so the family would avoid impending shutoff.
The Case Manager later personally provided transportation for the family to appointments with medical specialists for the children and the social security office for the parents, provided translation services and also assisted in starting the process for an independent education program with the school district.
At the family’s request, the Case Manager was also able to refer the children to the STOP Program (Strive To Optimize Participation), which enables youth who normally cannot participate to participate in different programs and activities. The Case Manager was also able to help both mother and father find full time field work and child care. With the stable income the family was able to afford reliable transportation and the West Side Community Resource Center was able to supply the family with the proper car seats, so the initial referral reason could be addressed.
At the last home visit, the Case Manager verified that both children were now fully covered by MediCal and were up to date on all their vaccinations. Both children have also been supplied with backpacks and school supplies. Throughout case management the Case Manger provided the family with support, referrals, guidance and resources. Both mother and father have stated their gratitude and thanks to both the Case Manager and the Program, for all the help they have received.
Differential Response Services is a program of Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Greenfield School Readiness
Through the success of the First 5-funded “Tell Me A Story” Program, Greenfield School Readiness has made great strides in serving new families and supplying them with needed programs. One such program is the new Papyrus Literacy Program. The program helps and encourages parents with 0-5 aged students to understand the importance of reading and literacy for future growth. Families meet with program advisers and parents and
students are given 0-5 age-appropriate books to learn the fun of reading together. All materials for the program are bilingual (English &
Spanish). The program completed its first session on December 19th to much praise.
During the last class session, several pre-school teachers were surprised at the increase of growth and student engagement in class because of the Literacy Program. One girl moved from 1.8 to 3.2 reading level over the 10 week period. Parents stated that the program helped them build a better relationship with their children and learn together. They said the culture of learning at home has changed their lives. They didn’t want the program to end.
The “Tell Me A Story” program has expanded to serve two additional school sites within the GUSD, to much praise from parents and educators alike.
Often, the Greenfield Family Resource Center can work with families to help them overcome their own obstacles. Recently they had a family facing difficulty in attending a program at one of their school sites. Mom was facing transportation issues and sought an advocate’s help to come up with a transportation plan so child could attend class. Mom and the Advocate were able to analyze the GET Bus schedules to find a bus route that can be used for child to attend center-based class and an alternative transportation plan with another family member that has a vehicle. Mom was very happy to finally feel like she has more control over her situation and is happy her child can attend class regularly now.
Greenfield School Readiness is a program of the Greenfield Union School District
Guardianship Caregiver Project
GBLA is happy to finally have obtained letters and orders of guardianship for two of our clients who are loving grandparents of two little girls. We opened the case in March 2018 and we represented at many court hearings, including a trial. The case, which spanned 18 months, saw worsening addictive behaviors for both the mother and father, and a strengthening of resolve by the grandparents to provide a loving and stable environment for the girls.
This case was illustrative of the fact that many people starting out on a guardianship think that they can resolve things quickly by creating a strong motivation for a parent to “straighten themselves out” and experience family reunification. Despite mother’s earnestly stated desire to get herself clean for her girls’ sake, she has suffered relapse after relapse. Father has not addressed domestic violence issues which he has.
While these grandparents have not given up their desire to see mother’s (or father’s) recovery happen, they have learned that they are in this for the long haul and have been able to help the family to start recovery from their roller-coaster existence during this trying time.
The Guardianship Caregiver Project is a program of Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.
Lamont/Vineland School Readiness Program
One of their successful programs is their annual “Kindergarten Institute” workshops for parents to help them be better prepared for their children to
start school. We had several parents at these workshops who were surprised by how rigorous kindergarten is now. We review the standards for Kindergarten and parents were unaware that things like colors and counting to ten are not taught in Kindergarten because they are skills that children are now expected to have when they start school. Each of these parents shared with the staff leading the workshops that they felt that they had a lot of things to work with their child on, and were very appreciative of the tools, resources, and books provided to them to help with that. Hopefully they were able to use them, and their children will be entering Kindergarten ready to succeed shortly.
The Lamont/Vineland School Readiness Program is a program of the Lamont School District
Medically Vulnerable Care Coordination Project
The Care Coordination Project was able to help one family access the behavioral Assessment that the family wished for their daughter. Their insurance was not covering the assessments and the family was very afraid of a lag in coverage making the move to a new insurance service. The Care Coordinator was able to make the family’s insurance company aware to this barrier for services and they were able to help her navigate successfully to secure the services the family wanted for their daughter. The insurance company was unaware there was a barrier in place.
The MVCCP is a project of the County of Kern Public Health Services Department
Medically Vulnerable Infant Program
A 24 month old boy was acting out, crying and banging at the closet door at one of the MVIP nurses bi-weekly home visits. When asked mother what the toddler was wanting, she said, “A felt hanger. He likes to eat them.” Mother explained that this had been going on for about a month. The RN explained to mother to distract and redirect toddler to another activity, i.e., favorite toy or read a book. Just as a precaution the MVIP nurse also directed a call to a pediatrician for a consult for possible medical vs behavior issue. The nurse reported concerns to the pediatrician via home visit report. The toddler was seen by pediatrician and labs were drawn, showing that the toddler was very anemic and he was given new prescription for an iron supplement. The pediatrician’s diagnosis was that the toddler was having cravings for non-food items, known as “PICA”, due to the deficiency of iron. Iron is needed to build healthy red blood cells. Continue support and follow-up is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and to check for complications.
The Medically Vulnerable Infant Program is a program of Clinica Sierra Vista
Neighborhood Place Community Learning Center
We have a four year old boy that recently began our co-op preschool program. He had been diagnosed with autism and began our class having a therapist come with him to observe and assist throughout the day. His mom stated that she has a goal of being able to have him in a mainstream kindergarten classroom instead of a center specifically for children with autism. When he began class he had a lot of trouble following directions. If he was not able to do what he wanted he would throw tantrums and scream loudly when he got upset. He also struggled with fine motor skills and basic academic knowledge. He was not able to use scissors, hold a pencil properly, or identify most letters or numbers. During carpet time, he had difficulty focusing and spent much of the time talking or attempting to roll around on the floor. Over time, we have seen a major improvement in his progress. He has been attending our class for five months and has made great strides. Tantrums happen on a rare occasion and if there are any issues during class then they can usually be resolved within one minute. He has learned how to cut without any assistance and is able to not only hold a pencil, but he can write his full name on his own. We have worked to wean him down from having his therapists in the class room by slowly having them come on fewer days per week. After five months he no longer had a helper in the classroom with him. We are happy to see so many positive changes thus far and we are
confident that he will be successful when moving on to Kindergarten.
The Neighborhood Place Community Learning Center is a project of the North of the River Recreation and Parks District
Nurse Family Partnership Program
“M.J.” is a 26 year old mother of a 10 month old son and has a history of mental health illness. A month after the birth of her son, she shared with her nurse that she was not feeling connected with the baby. She also gave her nurse more information about her past mental health diagnosis and that she had at one time been in the Kern Linkage Program. The nurse informed her about a new outreach program through Behavioral
Health & Recovery Services, formally known as Mental Health, where a worker would come to her home and talk/evaluate her. The client stated she would be open to someone going to her home. The nurse made the referral and a worker went out to see M.J. two weeks later. The worker was
able to get the client re-enrolled into the Kern Linkage Program and M.J. is waiting for an appointment with the psychiatrist. The nurse has addressed M.J.’s feelings of disconnect with her son by introducing PIPE (Partners in Parenting Education) lessons, Love Needs a Safe Base and Floor time. M.J. is much more interactive with her son and he has met all of his developmental milestones!
The Nurse Family Partnership Program is a program of the County of Kern Public Health Services Department
Richardson Special Needs Collaborative
A child was recently referred through the Infant Development Program (IDP) operated by Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) because the maternal grandmother shared that she was very concerned of how would her grandson would be able to obtain the mobile equipment he needed. When the Family Advocate from Richardson met with referred child’s maternal grandmother at her home, the grandmother shared all the obstacles she has gone through since she took custody of the child from birth because of the mother’s history with CPS.
The child was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of 6 months. The social worker from the Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera referred the child to Kern Regional Center where they evaluated the child and he met the requirements to receive Early Intervention services.
The FA met with the grandmother to offer the Collaborative’s services and explained how they would work together to improve the child’s quality of life. This started with obtaining a walker for her grandson, and the FA was there when she made the call to KRC and CCS to help her with the language barrier. The FA was able to accompany the grandmother to several appointments to meet with the doctors that traveled up from UCLA to evaluate children. The walker was approved, as was a wheelchair, which required additional appointments for measurements and fittings, which the FA was also able to help coordinate. This outcome came at the perfect time because the child has been evaluated by the school district and he will soon start attending school. Grandma is so thankful because the child will be able to attend school with minimal problems in his new wheelchair. The FA also provided the family CHiPs for Kids to help the grandma provide toys for the children.
The Richardson Special Needs Collaborative is a program of Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Shafter Healthy Start
During the initial encounters with a case-managed family in need of a variety of social service referrals, the case manager was able to refer the parent to attain assistance with clothing through Operation School Bell for her school-age children. Mom followed through, and during the month of September, the children attended the event to receive clothing. Mom was further assisted with center-based enrollment for her four-year old daughter. Through just four weeks, the child, who speaks only Spanish, has already began to say words in English, as she consistently is exposed to the English language during class. She is adapting well to the routines, and she engaged in the centers with her instructors and her peers. The younger sibling has hearing loss and has been referred for a speech evaluation per low results in the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. Activities were given to promote growth. Mom has also begun attending a Nutrition Workshop to gain skills for the benefit of her family’s health, food planning, budgeting and development. As a result of her continued involvement, volunteering, and participation in the program, she continues to successfully reach her SMART goals. Her child continues to do well in class as well, and monitoring will continue per the case manager to make sure relevant services are accessed and follow through occurs.
Shafter Healthy Start is a program of Richland School District
Small Steps Child Development Center
We had a mother enroll her two daughters in our program, who had never been away from their mother before. They had a very hard time adjusting. They were very scared after witnessing frequent domestic violence and going through a hard parental separation. Mom wanted to enroll them in Small Steps so she could attend counseling and also look for a job. Neither of the young girls wanted to be comforted by staff and were very withdrawn, not interacting with other children or their teachers. It took some time and a great deal of effort on the part of the teachers but now the children are thrilled and walk in the door everyday with smiles. They interact with the teachers and other children and have started communicating. Their development physically and emotionally has been remarkable. Mom has also found a job and is now working. With Small Steps support this family is now thriving.
The Small Steps Child Development Center is a program of the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault
First 5 Kern’s support of local FRCs and CRCs
In a county as expansive as Kern, with smaller, outlying communities, sometimes getting connected with the services you need for your family is a particularly challenging issue. First 5 Kern is proud to partner with various Family and Community Resource Centers throughout the county to help make those connections possible.
Arvin Family Resource Center
The Arvin FRC hosts regular parenting classes. One of the attending parents asked for help from the staff with an insurance issue. Her son’s medical bills were being denied payment because they said he had no insurance. Records had indicated the child was eligible for Medi-cal and the parent had applied, but the child was not receiving coverage. After a number of hours with the FRC staff member and the parent making phone calls, it was finally determined that a wrong code had been entered, the child had medical coverage and the bills were able to be paid.
Another story tells how the AFRC and the local school district worked together to assist a mother and her children who were living in a Domestic Violence shelter. The FRC advocate provided transportation for the children to get to school. The family was also able to obtain clothing and hygiene products from the FRC. Counseling referrals were made for the children as well. All of the assistance was paid off, as the children completed the school year with good attendance and their mother was able to qualify for a transitional housing program for two years.
The Arvin Family Resource Center is a program of the Arvin Union School District
East Kern Family Resource Center
In October a grandmother received word that she was going to become the primary care giver of her 4 grandchildren ranging in age from
11 years to 16 months, so she turned to the East Kern Family Resource Center for help. The grandmother was introduced to our First 5 Case Manager and the preparation began. The grandmother was linked with Bags for Kids, an organization that provides clothing to children who have been misplaced from their home. Once the children arrived and got settled the case manager developed a family service plan with grandmother. This plan served as
organization for the grandmother as to what needed to be done for the children and the steps she was going to take to meet the grand
Through developmental assessments and observations, it was determined that the 3 younger children are experiencing delays in their
development and are being referred to SELPA and Kern Regional Center. In 2 months’ time, the grandmother has re-organized her household to accommodate the grandchildren and the grandchildren have begun to adjust to their new living situation in such a way that new skill development is happening.
The East Kern Family Resource Center is a program of Community Action Partnership of Kern
Indian Wells Family Resource Center
Recently, a single father caring for four children (two under the age of 5) was brought to the Family Resource Center by someone from one of the churches in town. The family had many struggles at the time, including housing needs and an intrusive, estranged mother with a chemical dependency. Many bills were in the mother’s name, including their lease and the benefits for the children from DHS, which the mother was keeping. The father had to stop working to take care of the children, they had no transportation, and the mother was threatening to take the children.
The FRC was able to set up transportation to the father to apply for housing and enroll in WIC. They also helped the father navigate the courts to obtain custody and file a restraining order, as well as re-file through DHS to have the children’s benefits transferred. They then helped establish a schedule of wellness checks, dental care and immunizations for the children, as well as health checkups for the father.
The children were also referred to preschool and kindergarten, and the FRC’s Summer Bridge program, which he completed successfully. The children were assessed with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires, and the father signed up for nutrition classes in the home through the FRC, helping to teach his entire family the benefits and importance of preparing more healthy meals.
The father has since reported that their lives have improved very much with the help of the case management program and he is leaning so much about how to handle things better now. The family attends a local church and have bonded well with each other despite the trauma of not have their mother in the home. At this time the family is much better than when they entered case management, but the family continues to be enrolled in the program for further assistance and more stability.
The Indian Wells Family Resource Center is a program of Clinica Sierra Vista
Kern River Valley Family Resource Center
Recently, a mother came into the KRVFRC with concerns that one of her children was not developing on target and possibly has autism. The mother was abused severely as a child and is developmentally delayed as well, and her parenting skills were likely impacted by her past trauma. The family was struggling, after moving from another state and lacking a strong support system. The FRC was able to arrange a visit by a school nurse for the child in question to assess any developmental delays. They also enrolled the mother in a 12-week Nurturing Parenting class, and even set her up for tutoring to obtain her GED. Additionally, it has helped the family settle in and even develop a local support system.
The Kern River Valley Family Resource Center is a program of the Kernville Union School District
Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
A single mom of young children came to the FRC for help. The client had just moved into town after leaving an abusive relationship. She
was broken but wanted to provide stability and safety for her daughters. Starting off she was staying with her parents without a job, car,
and no help from the father of her children. This mom was determined though. We set some S.M.A.R.T. Goals and the case manager
got to see her accomplish every one of them. She landed a job! Working hard and saving her money, she was able to move into a place
of her own and not have to depend on her parents. Knowing her girls had been through a lot with the toxic relationship between her and
their father, she put them in counseling and now they have the support they need to get through each day. She is now in a place of
happiness and safety and has met someone and is enjoying their healthy relationship. The last time the case manager spoke with the
client, the client was so excited because she just bought a car. She is an awesome example of what we want to see come from the
families that we work with through First 5’s support! We connected her with Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Behavioral Health and
Family Law in Bakersfield for full custody of her children.
The Mountain Communities Family Resource Center is a project of the El Tejon Unified School District
In addition, First 5 Kern also supports similar FRC in McFarland, Lost Hills and Buttonwillow, each a program of their local school districts.