Explore the outdoors!  Did you know?   

When asked, 75% of children would rather do an activity with their parent than watch TV.  Children learn by playing, and Solano County offers many places to play safely. 

Outdoor activities can include:

  • Creating a simple obstacle course in the yard from things in the garage such as boxes, cones, or whatever you have available
  • Interacting with nature at local parks or in your own front yard.  Explore together by finding things that are smooth, hard, scratchy, rough
  • Take out a blanket and lay on the grass. Close your eyes and try to identify the sounds around you or keep your eyes open and see what shapes you can see in the clouds
  • Count the number of trees, flowers, ducks! Counting outloud with your child helps them learn their numbers
  • Point out the different colors  around you.  Green, Red, Blue, Orange!

Remember, to wear sunscreen and stay well hydrated, and if the temperature is too hot,  keep activities indoors.  An indoor picnic in the living room is always easy and fun!

For more information check out:

Getting Outdoors
Healthy Sunscreen Guide and Why 50+ SPF can be harmful
Solano County Parks
Rush Ranch Activities

Pre-K Academy Registration

First 5 Solano is sponsoring Pre-Kindergarten Academies in all cities in Solano County.  Academies are offered at no charge, however, Children must be starting Kindergarten in the Fall.  Priority is given to children with no or little, pre-school experience.  Pre-K Academy locations, and registration information are:




How to register


Benicia Unified School District


July 1-31

Call 707-747-8367

Matthew Turner

Circle of Friends


July 1-25

Call 707-425-2717

Circle of Friends

River Delta Unified School District

Rio Vista

July 7-Aug 1


Register at  DH White School Office

DH White Elementary

Travis Unified School District

Travis AFB

July 21-Aug 14

Call 707-437-8202

Center Elementary

Vallejo City Unified School District


July 7-Aug 1

Call 707-556-8921
xt 50210

Steffan Manor
Cooper Elementary
Highland Elementary

World Changers Academy



Call 707-365-5639

World Changers Academy

Vacaville Unified School District


July 7-Aug 1

Register at the main school district office at 401 Nut Tree Road.

Alamo Elementary

Fairfield Suisun Unified School District


July 7-31

Register at any of the sites that are holding an academy

Anna Kyle
David Weir
Dan O Root
Cleo Gordon
Laurel Creek

Do Pre-K Academies really work? (Check out last years results)

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.