First 5 Kern is closed Monday, February 19, in honor of President’s Day.


Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children and affects overall physical health and development.
Doctors – First 5 Kern is asking pediatricians and obstetricians to help educate parents about the crucial need for oral health. Doctors can contact First 5 Kern to help with the education.
Parents and Caregivers – Making teeth care fun can help make the process easier. Here are some resources to engage your children and prepare them for healthy habits that will last them a lifetime.

FIRST 5 KERN PINTEREST BOARD – Kids and their Teeth
– Endorsed by the American Dental Association.
BRUSH YOUR TEETH COLOR PAGE – Great for coloring while you’re preparing dinner or caregivers could print off for coloring in class or send home with parents for weekend fun.
MOUTH HEALTHY – for Babies and Kids: making brushing fun, why baby teeth matter, brushing and other habits, baby bottle tooth decay, about teething, and more. Ideas and info to help develop healthy habits.
EXPERIMENT CARDS – “Open Wide” fun activities and experiments to safe for toddlers to show the “magic” of taking care of your teeth. These would be awesome for classroom or home – all safe materials.
ORAL HEALTH BOOKS FOR KIDS – I Brush! My Teeth; Behold, No Cavities! A Visit to the Dentist; Clarabella’s Teeth; Fancy Nancy and the Too-Loose Tooth; Dear Tooth Fairy; Make Way for Tooth Decay.

Handprints Newsletter – FEBRUARY 2018

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Reduced size pdf (inactive links) for printing.



 Kern County Children and Families Commission Meetings

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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