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February - Let's Go to the Library! (click here for more)What's New - January -March 2017 Newsletter!
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. So read right from the start! There are many benefits of reading to your baby including building language awareness, listening and memory skills. Try introducing new concepts such as letters, colors and shapes through stories and their illustrations. Reading promotes bonding and closeness because babies are soothed by the sound of their parent’s voices. Need books? Just visit your local Solano County library and complete an application for a free library card.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be hosting trainings, so be on the lookout for future announcements.
Last Chance to order your Calendar!!
Foundation Study Report Released
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First 5 Solano 2017 Calendar is available in Spanish only. Distribution is winding down but we are still taking orders. The calendar is FREE for the community and available in Spanish ONLY (all English have been distributed). 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.
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.
Monthly Observances Education & Development Family Resources
First 5 Solano holds regular meetings; please click this link for schedule and agenda details.