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The First 5 CA Express Van will be at the Solano Family Justice Center Health Fair on October 15th from 10am-2pm. Come see the interactive exhibit where parents can learn about the importance of talking, reading and singing with children from day one and its impact on early brain development.  Kids can interact in educational activities like story time; sing along spin wheel, coloring stations and so much more.  First 5 Staff will be there handing out tote bags with free, fun and educational resources including kits for new parents, a bilingual cookbook,  temporary tattoos and stickers to mention a few.

Building Relationships

The relationship you have with your child begins the moment they are born.  A safe and nurturing home environment is essential in developing a solid foundation for your child. Show your child the importance of making connections by building relationships within your community. Volunteer at your child’s school, food pantry or other community organization. Donate to your church, homeless shelter or local charity.  Giving back teaches children the importance of building relationships in their community and at home.

October is also Fire Prevention Week and America’s Safe School Week.  Safe communities have safe kids!

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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