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First 5 Santa Clara County [web resource] [downloadable]

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County supports the healthy development of children, from prenatal through age 5, and enriches the lives of their families and communities.

Programs and Initiatives

Family Resource Centers

FIRST 5 has established Family Resource Centers (FRCs) throughout Santa Clara County that increase access to services and provide opportunities for parents/caregivers to become more engaged in their children’s healthy development, school readiness, and other collaborative efforts to improve their lives and the communities in which they live.

At a Family Resource Center (FRC), you will find:

  • Fun and educational parent and child activities
  • Nutrition, health and wellness programs for the whole family
  • Health insurance application assistance: eligible parents and caregivers receive assistance with Medi-Cal applications and other affordable health insurance programs for children
  • Developmental and behavioral screenings for children ages 0-5
  • Professional development opportunities, resources, and other support services for licensed family child care providers.
  • Parent and caregiver workshops and seminars
  • And much more!

To learn more about the menu of programs, services, and activities available for parents, caregivers, and community members please call or visit the Family Resource Center nearest you. You can also download the FRC brochure.

Family Strengthening Services

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County offers programs and services to support incarcerated and recently released parents and caregivers in maintaining an active role in their child’s life.

Early Learning Resources

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County’s Early Learning System Initiative is designed to ensure that young children have access to high-quality early learning opportunities and enter school fully prepared to succeed.

Learn how to boost brainpower from birth, how to select a preschool, and how to prepare your child for kindergarten. Also, check out the latest early learning podcast!

Health and Development

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County works closely with their partners to offer local programs and services to help your child get a healthy start.

Read short, informative articles about your child’s healthy development, nutrition, physical activity, and oral health. (Some resources are downloadable.)

FIRST 5 collaborates with partners to identify children at risk for poor developmental and behavioral health.  Children are referred to the KidConnections Network of Providers for further assessment, early prevention, and intervention services as needed.

Source: First 5 Santa Clara County| First 5 Santa Clara County, https://www.first5kids.org | © 2019 FIRST 5 Santa Clara County

About First 5 California

In 1998 voters passed Proposition 10, adding a 50-cent tax to each pack of cigarettes sold to create First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families Commission. First 5 California is dedicated to improving the lives of California’s young children and their families through a comprehensive system of education, health services, childcare, and other crucial programs.

First 5 California distributes funds to local communities through the state’s 58 individual counties, all of which have created their own local First 5 county commissions.  San Mateo County residents, see the website for First 5 San Mateo County. If you don’t live in either Santa Clara County or San Mateo County, find the First 5 in your area.

To schedule an evaluation or to get advice about your child’s challenges, call or email a CHC Clinical Services Coordinator at 650.688.3625 or careteam@chconline.org

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