Click on First 5 Kern Funded Programs for a listing, description of services and contact information on each of the programs funded by First 5 Kern.
First 5 Kern conducts its work by partnering with existing local children and family service providers. Its mission is to fund existing and new community activities and services that nurture and support children through the first five years of life and their families. Our mission is focused on optimizing early brain development and the impact the child’s emotional, physical and intellectual environment has on brain development. First 5 Kern’s three focus areas are:
- Health and Wellness
- Early Childcare and Education
- Parent Education and Support Services
Each of the funded programs also incorporate an additional focus area,
- Integration of Services
The work of First 5 Kern’s funded partners are fully evaluated to ensure the programs are making a difference in the lives of children they serve. Many of these have been identified as model programs that have demonstrated innovative ways of reaching and helping children.