Closed for “Day On” in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

First 5 Kern will be closed Monday, January 15, to honor of Martin Luther King (MLK) Day. We challenge families to consider this as a “day on,” to commit acts of service such as volunteering, helping a neighbor, or simply doing something kind for someone, as Dr. King did.

The day was declared a federal holiday in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush who said, “Any definition of a successful life must include serving others.” Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating MLK Day as a national day of service in 1994.

Additionally, on January 15, families can commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with free admission and special events at national parks. (LINK TO NATIONAL PARKS)


Handprints Newsletter

DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018 ISSUE | Receive the newsletter, monthly by email –  SUBSCRIBE

Next Kern County Children and Families Commission Meetings

February 7, April 4, June 6, August 1, October 3, December 5
at Kern County Supt of Schools, 1300 17th, 2pm

Strategic Planning

March 7 (time and location tbd)

Technical Advisory Committee Meetings

March 19, June 18, September 17, December 17
at First 5 Kern, 2724 L Street, 3pm

Assemblymember Salas visits Buttonwillow Community Resource Center

Click here to view the day’s video. We greatly appreciate elected officials who desire to see the taxpayer investment first hand. Thank you Assemblymember Rudy Salas and Field Representative Amanda Sampson!

First 5 California

  • Meet the Birds Activity Center
    • Babies– Learn how talking can be fun, singing songs helps babies brains develop and a parent’s singing voice – even if they feel or sound silly – is magic to a baby’s ears. Click “babies”
    • Toddlers – Toddlers use their senses and motor skills to explore the world. Help toddlers express creativity, develop language skills, and learn to problem solve. Click “toddlers”
    • Preschoolers – Preschoolers use their physical abilities to achieve more challenging tasks. Help nurture a child’s motor skills, improve memory and communication skills. Click “preschoolers”

For more parent, caregiver, child info click here.

 Help for Children Affected By Wildfires

First 5 Association and First 5 California leaders are stepping up to aid impacted families impacted by wildfires, with babies and young children.

A letter from Executive Directors Moira Kenney, PhD (First 5 Association) and Camille Maben (First 5 California), details the request for the relief fund, including: recovery services e.g. mental health supports for evacuated families, supplies for damaged family child care homes and preschools,  family programs that support children affected by fires, and temporary child care supports.

The devastating fires have left families, schools, and child care providers without the basic necessities they need to care for our youngest children. A Generosity Site has been established for donations to support First 5 counties affected.

Talk.Read.Sing. app for iTunes and Android formats

There’s an app for that! See also the “Parent / Caregivers Resource Library” on this website.

  Newly Released Documents


Discovery Depot Nurturing Parenting – 12/20/17

CAPK Shafter Youth Center Harvest Festival – 10/23/17

WEE 5 EXPO at Third Thursday – 10/19/17

More than 40 hands-on activities were available to little ones and their parents to explore, play and learn. All activities were easily replicable at home from recycled or simply dollar store items. In addition, storytimes were offered from the Kern Literacy Council and sing-a-longs from Bakersfield City School District’s School Readiness Program.
#DBA #ThirdThursday


 Good Neighbor Festival – 10/14/17

  Congressman McCarthy Rep, Cole Karr, visits Neighborhood Place Community Learning Center – 10/17/17



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Roland Maier, Executive Director
2724 L Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 328-8888
FAX (661) 328-8880

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