Archive of Handprints Newsletter

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First 5 Kern’s newsletter “Handprints” comes out regularly, sent exclusively via e-mail. With relevant news pertaining to our community on issues impacting children 0-5 and their families, as well as related First 5 Kern programming information, Handprints is in an easily digestible format with links to further information.


December, 2021
November, 2021
October, 2021
September, 2021
August, 2021
June, 2021
May, 2021First 5 Advocacy Day, Dia de los Libros, KVAP swimming starts, Give Big Kern, re-opening of the MCFRC, Trauma-Informed Care sessions
April, 2021Report to the Community, ACEs landscape in Kern, Dia de los Libros, Home Visiting Learning & Practice Hub
March, 2021ACEs Aware grant, Help Me Grow and the Condors, Raising a Reader program, free dental bags
February, 2021CalEITC information, Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness, New First 5 CA commissioners, local FRC updates



December 2020 HandprintsResilient Kern's Compassion Fatigue webinar; First 5 Summit info; December Commission meeting; No Kid Hungry grant opportunity; 34th Street Partnership monthly meetings & more!
November, 2020 HandprintsCOVID relief recap; lead poisoning in children; First 5 Kern annual reports; Community Collaborative accreditation; Holiday Cottage & more!
October 2020 HandprintsSafe Sleep Awareness Month; mobile dental visits; expanded Paid Family Leave law; child safety conference & more!
September 2020 HandprintsFox Theater marquee; launch; Hector Gutierrez joins the staff; Wind in the Willows pics; Breastfeeding Month wraps up & More!
August 2020 HandprintsNew funding cycle and new funded programs; Purple ribbon month and summertime hazards for kids; California state budget; New local FRC leadership & More!
June 2020 HandprintsFirst 5 Kern diaper delivery; Programs in the local news; CDC guidance on child care centers opening; Preschool and child care cuts on the table for Calif. budget?; We Count! Census books available & More!
May 2020 HandprintsChild Care Task Force supply distribution; New commissioners join First 5 Kern; Resilient Kern training goes virtual; First 5 Advocacy Day; Census update & More!
April 2020 HandprintsCensus Day - books, kiosks, resources; California Surgeon General and First 5 partnership; Finding child care during shut downs; Child Abuse Prevention month & More!
February 2020 HandprintsSafely Surrendered Baby awareness month; California Children's Report Card; Commission meeting preview; Participate in local collaboratives; Help Me Grow Kern billboards & More!



December 2019 HandprintsMVCCP 9th annual conference; Help Me Grow Kern County introduced; Preparing kids for emergencies and disasters; Holiday season events; MVCCP Resource Fair & More!
November 2019 HandprintsHelp Me Grow California convenes in Fresno; Kern Counts video on counting children in the 2020 Census; KCNC annual child abuse report; Lead poisoning awareness; Local events sponsored by First 5 Kern & More!
October 2019 HandprintsTrauma-Informed Kern County cohort; Safe Sleep
Commission meeting; Family-friendly Halloween events; New agencies needed for East Bakersfield and South Chester Collaboratives; Free First 5 resources for parents & More!
September 2019 Handprints First 5 Express visits Mojave, Boron; First 5 visits Select Committee on Early Childhood Development; West Side Rec & Parks now hosting FRC; IEC reviewing proposals; “All Together Now” campaign; Theresa Ortiz moves into consultant role & More!
August 2019 HandprintsRFP Submissions; Program Spotlight: Indian Wells Valley Family Resource Center; Resources for children and earthquakes; Purple Ribbon Month content; Nurse Family Partnership graduation & More!
June 2019 HandprintsSurgeon General’s Kern County visit; RFP Bidder’s Conference information; Program Spotlight: Bakersfield Adult School’s Health Literacy Program; Summer Reading Program & More!
May 2019 HandprintsLearn to Swim programs; Kaiser Permanente grant; Kern Early Stars; Screen time for young children; Policy updates & more!
April 2019 HandprintsSafe Sleep book event; Child Abuse Prevention Month events; Program Highlight: Differential Response Services; First 5 Express visits; News from other First 5s & more!
March 2019 HandprintsFirst 5 Kern's 20th Anniversary Event; Creating a Trauma Informed Kern County; Strategic Planning Meeting; Caring Corner; First 5 California’s Activity Center; Prescription Drug story & more!
February 2019 HandprintsSafely Surrender Baby Awareness Month; First 5 Kern’s 20th Anniversary Event; February Commission Meeting; Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Summit; Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network; Census 2020 & more!



December 2018 HandprintsThe Governor-elect's early childhood education ideas; MVCCP 8th annual conference; December commission meeting; New First 5 commercial with Johnny Hekker from the Rams;
Program spotlight: 2-1-1 Kern County;
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention; KC Child Development Conference & more!
November 2018 HandprintsFirst 5 Kern cost-benefit analysis study; SIDS awareness month; Safe Sleep conference comes to Bakersfield; Eagle Oaks Specialty Care Center opens; Flu vaccine info; Halloween family fun & more!
June/July 2018 HandprintsAdventist Health Celebrates Immunization event; Summer Bridge Programs now enrolling; FREE Health EXPO; Diaper and Book Drive; Kern Literacy Parent School Readiness; Commissioner Lerude shares about her family's inspiration; New Otter books; Kidsfest fun; Drowning is silent & more!
May 2018 Handprints HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY; Baby appears on the Senate floor; State employees may be able to bring infants with them to work; First 5 Kern team visits legislators in Sacramento; First 5 Kern funds programs for expecting moms/babies; New Commission Chair shares why she has served for ten plus years; Kidsfest;
First 5 Express visits & more!
April 2018 HandprintsChild Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month; Public Health Officer / First 5 Kern Commissioner retires to keep serving; Lamont Weedpatch Family Resource Center turns 25; First 5 Express brings mobile adventures to Bakersfield; Black Infant Health program graduates 11; Impacting trauma in Kern for children and families & more!
March 2018 HandprintsFirst 5 on marijuana sales projections; State agency needed for ECE; First 5 Kern mission on wheels; Caring Corner visit; Children's Dental Health Month coverage and more!
Feb. 2018 HandprintsChildren's Dental Health Month; Safely Surrender Baby Month; First 5 Express Adventure Returns to Kern; Greenfield HELPS Collaborative Health and Safety Fair;
Calendar of Events and more!
Jan. 2018 HandprintsSafe Sleep Gift Aims to Save Babies’ Lives in Cold Months & Beyond; Assemblyman Rudy Salas Visits Buttonwillow; First 5 Statewide Network Heads Towards 20th Year; State First 5 Association Rep Visits Kern; Technical Advisory Committee; Trauma-Informed County Effort and more!



Nov. 2017 HandprintsFirst 5 Kern Audit and Annual Report Hearing; First 5 Express Visits Kern on Statewide Tour; Featured Provider – NOR Neighborhood Place Community Learning Center; ZEROtoTHREE Conference; Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Workshop and more!
Oct. 2017 HandprintsFeature provider: Ready to Start; CDA Foundation Dental Clinic to serve 2,000; Op-ed: preserving home visiting funds; First 5 Express comes to Bakersfield; Photos from events and more!
Sept. 2017 HandprintsChildren's Mobile Immunization Program; Talking to kids about racism and violence; Care, Cope, Connect free event; Alternate Commissioner appointed to state board; 3 Kern employers identified as "family friendly"; First 5 California stakeholder survey and more!
Aug. 2017 HandprintsFirst 5 Kern introduces Parent and Child Care Provider resource library; Strategic Plan released; Recap from First 5 Kern town hall meetings; Drowning is Silent and more!
July 2017 HandprintsSummer reading opportunities; Free fun at Barnes and Noble; Online reading; New First 5 commissioner and new staff; Academic preschool and more!
“THUMBPRINT” Featured funded program ‘Medically Vulnerable Care Coordination’