Committed to Supporting the Healthy Development of Children Ages 0-5 and Families
A message from First 5 Sacramento’s Chair, Phil Serna

It’s been a great honor and privilege serving as the Sacramento First 5 Commission Chair for the past 10 years. As many are aware, the first five years of a child’s life are critical in so many ways, whether it’s in the space of early learning and development, supporting parental connection, and/or advancing health improvements. During the past decade I’ve worked with my commission colleagues, our very committed staff, and an army of local non-profit community based organizations to see that First 5’s mission is successful and sustainable.
Thanks to California voters who passed Proposition 10 more than twenty years ago, we’ve since utilized tobacco tax dollars to fulfill the charge we have to nurture and support the youngest among us and their families. As such, I’m excited to announce that First 5 Sacramento is making available funding to further satisfy community needs as they intersect with our commission’s objectives.

During the next two months, we will stagger the release of multiple ‘Requests For Proposals’ (RFPs) totaling over $40 million. True to our mission, these funds will go toward services benefiting the health and well-being of young children and their families. It will be allocated as follows:
• Preventing African American Child Deaths
• Strengthening Families/Decreasing Child Abuse and Trauma
• Improving School Readiness
• Building Quality Child Care Settings
• Enhancing breastfeeding resources

Again, it has been an honor serving as the First 5 Chair and I look forward to the future---the future of healthy, strong, and well-educated young children.

Leading the Way Sacramento Children’s Home Supply Drive
 On August 31st, The Sacramento Children’s Home (SCH) partnered with SMUD, Sacramento Republic FC and Cal Expo on SMUD’s Giving Monday School Supply Drive held at Cal Expo.

SCH knows that a bright future begins with a good education. Unfortunately, many of the children they serve lack resources for proper supplies. Something as simple as a new backpack can boost their confidence and self-esteem, and supplies for home learning can set them on a path to success.

Thousands of kids, from SCH and its three Family Resource Centers located in the Meadowview, Valley Hi and North Sacramento neighborhoods, can now start distance learning off right because of the generosity of the Sacramento community.

School supplies collected included backpacks, paper, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, and other needed items and filled 6 mini-vans packed to capacity benefiting nearly 2,000 kids!
Nurture Your Baby's Brain

From the moment they are born their brain develops at fantastic speeds. Neurons connect by the millions and their brain grows stronger. Parents can help fuel this growth with the sight, song and sound. Here's how you can help your baby reach his or her potential!

Brought to you by First 5 CA. For more great resources check out their new parent website!

Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience
The effects of childhood trauma and toxic stress are not easy to overcome. Mind Matters, a program of the Dibble Institute, is a 12 hour curriculum that explores the effects of adversity and toxic stress along with the healing process. The lessons address the following topics:
  • Self-Soothing and Regulating Emotions: Cultivate a mindfulness practice.
  •  Developing an observing self.
  • Skills to strengthening relationships and empathy
  •  Compassion for the hijacked brain
  • Creating a Code of Honor: Develop a life of intention
  • Building and Using a Support System: Learn how to ask for help
The skills taught in Mind Matters are designed to be practiced over a lifetime. The program is being implemented in a wide variety of settings including some local community partners with a focus on parenting classes, home visits, classroom settings and more. For more information contact Carolyn Rich Curtis, Ph.D. at 916-995-6846.

Want to learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?

Learn from CA Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris during this Ted Talk on How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime.

Sesame Street-In the Community is filled with helpful videos explaining tough topics to kids. Here are two related to ACEs:
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