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April is Children's Month in Solano County
Each year in April, community partners across Solano County join together to promote awareness of children’s issues by supporting activities and events that raise awareness about critical children’s issues, as well as celebrate and commemorate children. The events listed below are just some of the ones that recognize children. If you would like more information about children's services in Solano County or information about the events listed below and other events in your community contact Help Me Grow at 844-501-KIDS (5437).
Child Abuse Prevention Month and Blue Ribbon Campaign-The Solano Children’s Alliance along with the Family Resource Center Network and other community partners, sponsor the Solano Blue Ribbon Campaign each April to heighten Solano residents’ awareness of child abuse and the need to support families to help prevent it.
Children’s Light of Hope Day, (April 24), Children’s Memorial Flag Day (April 24)-Children’s Light of Hope Day was established by the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association to recognize and acknowledge the CASA volunteers, foster and adoptive parents who have opened up their hearts and homes to abused and neglected children in our community. Children’s Memorial Flag Day marks its twelfth year in 2015 as a remembrance of all the children whose lives were lost over the past year, but particularly those lost by violence.
National Library Week (April 12-18) and El Día de los Niños/El Dia de los Libros (April 30)-Solano County Library provides library materials, resources, information, entertainment and life-long learning opportunities to enrich the lives of people of all ages in Solano County. Literacy and reading are the main underpinnings of the service goals of Solano County Library, two themes which are also celebrated during National Library Week. El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds and celebrates children, families and reading.
Month of the Military Child-In 1986, Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger designated April as the “Month of the Military Child” as a way to honor military children for their sacrifices and courage and to share with the world the important role military children play in the armed forces community. This brings the opportunity for community partnerships between organizations educating the public on the impact of deployment, creating community support networks, delivering educational, recreational and social outreach programs and ensuring that military youth become part of ongoing programs offered in the communities where they live.
Pre-K Business Champions
It's that time of year again! First 5 Solano is challenging businesses to match funds with First 5 Solano to provide Solano Pre-Kindergarten Academies. Pre-K Academies are provided in the summer for children entering Kindergarten without any prior preschool experience. Your generous donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to the amount of $5,000. There are 4 ways to help this year:
Support a child for $200 each
Provide $500 to stock a classroom with supplies including backpacks and materials
Provide $2,500 to sponsor half a classroom
Provide $5,000 to sponsor an entire classroom
Last year, the business community and Solano residents raised $14,800 - serving over 550 children! There are still children in need of a strong start to their education. We want to increase the number of children helped. Please consider serving our community as a Pre-K Business Champion. Sponsors will be recognized at the First 5 Solano Sponsored Economic Development Corporation Breakfast on May 28, 2015. Remember, early investments like these provide for a stronger start in life for the children of our future – your future workforce.
For more information, contact Ciara Gonsalves (707) 784-1388 or CCGonsalves@solanocounty.com. Send a completed check and form to First 5 Solano 601 Texas St., Suite 210 Fairfield, CA 94533.
Click here for 2014 Pre-K Academy report.
Business Challenge Grants Now available
First 5 Solano is offering non-profits an opportunity to raise funds by establishing partnerships within the business community. For more information click here.
Help Me Grow Solano "One Call. That's All"
Help Me Grow Solano is a collaborative partnership of all First 5 Solano funded programs and other community partners serving children and families from birth through age 5 in Solano County. Help Me Grow Solano provides a central point of access for services, healthcare provider outreach, community outreach, data collection, and outcomes. It's often difficult and time consuming for parents to search for programs to address the unique needs of their children. Help Me Grow Solano is the simple solution that connects babies, young children, and their families to program and services throughout Solano County. Help Me Grow does not provide direct services, but their goal is to assist families in getting connected to the services that they need.