Welcome to First 5 Solano
November brings opportunities to let your child create! 
Rainy days and extra days off for holidays provide opportunities to get creative with your child. 
Children are bursting with creative potential and expressing this creativity is essential to the development of their brain.

Provide a creative atmosphere. Books, drawing materials, objects to make sounds with, clay and blocks are great for encouraging play and creativity.
Encourage creative problem solving. Ask your child if there is another way they can do something, or what their idea is. 
• Daydreaming can be a problem-solving process for your child, it's okay to let them sit quietly.

Offer ideas– but resist the temptation to overcrowd children with organized activities.
Each of us is creative in different ways.  Allow your child time to discover their own interests.

Checkout these links for fun activities for you and your child.
First 5 California     PBS Creativity     Family TLC

November is also: 
Great American Smokeout is November 19    American Diabetes Month     National Adoption Month     Native American Month     Prematurity Awareness Month

Looking for a fun family activity on Thanksgiving?  Check out the Solano Turkey Trot!  A great way to support the community and get a little activity in before Thanksgiving dinner. 

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.