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December-Helping Hands 

December is the month for giving. Please take the opportunity to teach your children the importance of sharing and giving by donating or volunteering to your local non-profit or community organization. Express your appreciation for others by saying “please and “thank you” and remind your children to do the same.  This example shows your children that even small gestures can make a big difference.

What's New

First 5 Solano has transitioned from collaborative meetings to sharing information through a quarterly newsletter. The newsletter will provide information on early childhood issues and programs relevant to Solano and mailed electronically to 100+ Solano providers. If you have information you would like to share through the newsletter, send to We will also be hosting trainings, so be on the lookout for future announcements.

Coming soon

First 5 Solano 2017 Calendar is coming soon. We will begin distributing the calendar in early December, but are taking orders now.  The calendar is FREE for the community and available in English and Spanish. It is organized around monthly themes and provides tips for parents and caregivers, as well as recognizes observances for young children. There is also information on how to connect with local community resources to support children and families. To order,
 go to the options tab on this page and click on I want to order a calendar. Complete and submit the form and the calendar will be delivered right to your door.
Foundation Study Report Released

As reported in a recent KQED news article, a report by Applied Survey Research, “Foundation Giving in the Bay Area: Who Wins and Who’s Left Behind,” Solano County has the highest rate of families in poverty and the lowest rate of foundation giving among the nine Bay Area Counties.

The study found that when compared to a similar study conducted a decade ago by the James Irvine Foundation entitled “Giving in California,” nothing has changed in the past ten years....Solano County ranked last then too. Continued research to examine causes related to this issue will be conducted and included in a follow-up report at a later time

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