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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.
|May, 2021||First 5 Advocacy Day, Dia de los Libros, KVAP swimming starts, Give Big Kern, re-opening of the MCFRC, Trauma-Informed Care sessions|
|April, 2021||Report to the Community, ACEs landscape in Kern, Dia de los Libros, Home Visiting Learning & Practice Hub|
|March, 2021||ACEs Aware grant, Help Me Grow and the Condors, Raising a Reader program, free dental bags|
|February, 2021||CalEITC information, Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness, New First 5 CA commissioners, local FRC updates|
|December 2020 Handprints||Resilient 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 Handprints||COVID relief recap; lead poisoning in children; First 5 Kern annual reports; Community Collaborative accreditation; Holiday Cottage & more!|
|October 2020 Handprints||Safe Sleep Awareness Month; mobile dental visits; expanded Paid Family Leave law; child safety conference & more!|
|September 2020 Handprints||Fox Theater marquee; ResilientKern.org launch; Hector Gutierrez joins the staff; Wind in the Willows pics; Breastfeeding Month wraps up & More!|
|August 2020 Handprints||New funding cycle and new funded programs; Purple ribbon month and summertime hazards for kids; California state budget; New local FRC leadership & More!|
|June 2020 Handprints||First 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 Handprints||Child 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 Handprints||Census Day - books, kiosks, resources; California Surgeon General and First 5 partnership; Finding child care during shut downs; Child Abuse Prevention month & More!|
|February 2020 Handprints||Safely Surrendered Baby awareness month; California Children's Report Card; Commission meeting preview; Participate in local collaboratives; Help Me Grow Kern billboards & More!|
|December 2019 Handprints||MVCCP 9th annual conference; Help Me Grow Kern County introduced; Preparing kids for emergencies and disasters; Holiday season events; MVCCP Resource Fair & More!|
|November 2019 Handprints||Help 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 Handprints||Trauma-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 Handprints||RFP 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 Handprints||Surgeon 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 Handprints||Learn to Swim programs; Kaiser Permanente grant; Kern Early Stars; Screen time for young children; Policy updates & more!|
|April 2019 Handprints||Safe 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 Handprints||First 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 Handprints||Safely 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 Handprints||The 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 Handprints||First 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 Handprints||Adventist 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 Handprints||Child 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 Handprints||First 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 Handprints||Children'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 Handprints||Safe 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 Handprints||First 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 Handprints||Feature 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 Handprints||Children'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 Handprints||First 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 Handprints||Summer 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’