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  • Summer learning opportunities
  • New First 5 Commissioner and new staff
  • Academic Preschool
  • “THUMBPRINT” Feature ‘Medically Vulnerable Care Coordination

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Summer Fun

Kern County Library including bubble fun, sensory play, story time and performances of ‘Pete the Cat’ and ‘Where the Wild Things Are’!

Storytime at Barnes and Noble – Free!

Evaluation Hot Topic – Infant Mortality / Safe Sleep

Upcoming Meetings of Note – Commission Meeting Schedule 2017

TAC Committee June 19, 2017 – AGENDA

Immunizations in Your Neighborhood

Juno / En Espanol     June / English
July / En Espanol     July / English

First 5 Kern – Funded Programs Guide

Recent Events

FIRST 5 KERN COMMISSIONERS MEETING -Marycela Tamez, Supervisor of the Most Vulnerable Infants Program presented to the Commissioners. “MVIP is currently serving 86 infants and their families, who were born at 31 weeks or earlier.” The program works to improve the system of services for parents, providers, health care, education and social service partners by bridging service gaps and leveraging resources.”

BOARD OF SUPERVISOR PRESENTATION – “First 5 is dedicated to keeping our elected officials informed, as well as the community, such as the 13 Town Hall meetings recently held,” said First 5 Kern Executive Director Roland Maier (standing, left). A Cost Benefit Analysis is being developed by Dr. Wang (standing, right) and will be published next year to quantify long-term impact of First 5 Kern services via 40 programs, aligning with local priorities.  “The analysis will track the value of First 5 Kern for local children, their families and the community – and evaluate multilevel cost savings under the Commission leadership,” Maier added.

TOWN HALL MEETINGS – Town Hall meetings were held in 13 locations across Kern with approximately 350 people in attendance across the county.
LEFT: Monica Diggs of Shafter Healthy Start welcomes a parent to the Town Hall.

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