Children and Screen Time

90% of families do not practice any limits on screen time. The average US child ages 2 to 11-years-old spends 4.5 hrs per day viewing digital media.

KERO-TV23’s Alex Batres helps educate families about CHILDREN AND SCREEN TIME. Thank you, Blanton Child Development Center for starring in this piece and Alex Batres 23ABC for caring about children and helping us educate parents. KERO-TV we appreciate you!

First 5 Kern recommends creating a family plan so children know what the expectations are and aren’t caught in a battle of the wills. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following for screen time for toddlers:

  • Under 18-months-old, video chatting only
  • 18 to 24-months-old, watching high-quality programming that is interactive with parents, promotes talking together and learning (see links below)
  • 2 to 5-years-old, 1 hr high-quality programming daily

Children follow examples…. If parents are putting down their phones during meals, kids notice. When its time to read a story before bed – what takes priority, the phone or one-on-one time with your little one?

First 5 California high-quality activity page

Potter the Otter books, games, and activities

Sesame Street



March 2018 HANDPRINTS Newsletter

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  • First 5 comments on marijuana sales projections
  • Single state agency needed for ‘patchwork’ of California’s early childhood education
  • Win a photo session! First 5 families can win a photo session, 5 to be given away
  • New First 5 Kern mission on wheels!
  • Caring Corner Day Care for Medically Fragile Children visit
  • Director thanks Congressmen
  • Staff train 20 agencies in Safely Surrendered practices
  • Media partners cover Children’s Dental Health Month and Kern County Children’s Dental Health
  • Kern County Network For Children
  • What Trauma Informed Care looks like and Supporting children who faced trauma
  • Clinica Sierra Vista, Inc. serves pregnant and parenting teens
  • Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Homeless Law Center for families too
  • Greenfield Family Resource Center offers programs
  • Article links for parents and caregivers
  • Calendar of all things outreach and families

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.

 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
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