A Bit Better
News From First 5 of Santa Cruz County
A Message from Executive Director, David Brody
As we continue to face the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis, our state and local communities are rallying together to meet the challenge. At First 5 we implore everyone to comply with the state and local shelter in place orders and to do everything possible to protect the health and well-being of our community. As the weather improves it is important to remember that even if you are at low risk of harm from the virus, by adhering to the shelter in place and related orders you are helping keep everyone healthy and safe.
At First 5 Santa Cruz County we are working on a number of fronts to support the well-being of young children and their families during this crisis. 
  • We continue to help enroll eligible newborns into Medi-Cal through our Baby Gateway Newborn Enrollment Program at all 3 hospitals in the county;
  • We are organizing the provision of vital resources and supplies to our child care community in coordination with the County Office of Education’s Child Development Resource Center and Childhood Advisory Council;
  • We are providing professional development opportunities to early care and education teachers (for example see the SEEDS class registration below);
  • We are offering online parenting support opportunities like the Triple P workshops and family support resources highlighted in this newsletter;
  • We continue to promote the vital importance of our community’s participation in the 2020 Census;
  • We are highlighting opportunities for children and families to participate in fun and engaging activities like the First Partner’s Dia de los Libros Celebration Story Time this Thursday; and
  • We continue to share opportunities for everyone to help out, like the diaper drive sponsored by Public Health’s Family Health Program that is featured in this newsletter.
The Covid-19 crisis is unprecedented and ongoing. It is our firm conviction that together will we emerge stronger and more interconnected than ever before.
In Partnership,
David Brody
Upcoming Events
Join us for a very special Día de los Libros event with California’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom on April 30th at 10am!

The First Partner will host a reading on Facebook Live!
Join the event here: https://bit.ly/First5StoryTime

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom will lead a reading in English and Spanish of “We Count,” a book that teaches kids the importance of getting counted in the 2020 Census.

Click here for the link to the Ebook format: https://www.wecountkids.org/ebooks
Triple P Positive Parenting Free Virtual Workshops on Friday, May 1st.
Please see the workshop flyers in English and Spanish for details.
First 5 Santa Cruz County is hosting a new online workshop series: “DIVING DEEPER INTO SEEDS of EARLY MATH” for early childhood educators.
Please click on the class details for more information.

Community Announcements
Now more than ever we need a complete Census count to help our county make sure it has the resources necessary to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on families, businesses and the community over the next 10 years.

The Census form can be completed online,
over the phone, or in paper form:
Phone: 1-844-330-2020 (English) or
1-844-468-2020 (Spanish)
Santa Cruz County has opened a position for a
Division Director of Child Welfare Services .
Please click on the Job Posting for details.
Family Resources
If you are an Essential Worker in need of child care,
please call the Child Development Resource Center

PO Box 1457 Capitola, CA 95010

Tel: 831-465-2217 Fax: 831-479-5477
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