A Bit Better
News From First 5 Santa Cruz County
Centering Children and Families at the
Heart of Recovery
The Central Coast Early Childhood Advocacy Network is hosting a Parent Power Summit, Centering Children and Families at the Heart of Recovery, on Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. PST. This summit will offer participants an opportunity to connect and learn with other Central Coast parent leaders and advocates who are working to support thriving children and families.
Topics will include:
  • Positive Parenting and Self-Care
  • Storytelling and Public Communication
  • Advocating for Children with Special Needs
  • Working with Schools
Santa Cruz County ACEs Aware
Network of Care Sessions Continue
Join us for the third session of the Santa Cruz County (SCC) ACEs Network of Care Learning Series, Connecting ACEs, Equity & Resilience, presented by Wendy Ellis and Sarah Baldauf of the Center for Community Resilience (CCR) at George Washington University. This bilingual, virtual event will build on the concepts and tools covered in the first two sessions on The Pair of ACEs in Practice and Connecting Across Sectors.

Last Day to Register is February 9th, 2021

"We look forward to working with all partners to advance our collective awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and our ability as a community to collectively prevent them, and support the children, families and individuals who have experienced them.
~ David Brody, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Cruz County.
January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month
Triple P has Family Quality Time Calendars
with Parenting Tips and Ideas for the month of January
Here are the links to the
Family Quality Time Calendars:

Online in English and Spanish
& Printable in English and Spanish
Community Announcements
Local Pediatric Dental Appointments Available
There are openings at local clinics for pediatric dental appointments for children 0 to 3. Please check out the flyer below for more information about the importance of bringing young children in to have regular dental checkups.
Local Assistance Available to Help with Health Insurance and CalFresh Applications
Having access to health insurance and food for our families is of vital importance. If you, a family member, friend or neighbor need help completing or renewing an application to county or state health insurance programs Certified Application Assistors can answer your questions and offer free application assistance. Call an Application Assistor directly at any of the agencies listed on this flyer for more information.
Community Resources
Parenting and Caregiver Resources

  • From the National Institute of Mental Health - Flyers on Stress and Anxiety in English and Spanish
If you are in need of child care,
please call the Child Development Resource Center
COVID-19 Related Community Resources

  • Abriendo Puertas Shares Multi-Lingual COVID-19 Resources for Families: Website

  • Mental Health Tips & Local Resources for COVID-19 – ENGLISH & SPANISH  

Preparing for Winter Storms
This newsletter is a collaborative effort of First 5 Santa Cruz County staff.

PO Box 1457 Capitola, CA 95010

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