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March - Healthy Food! Healthy Families! (click here for more)
Healthy eating means eating a balanced diet consisting of a variety of different foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. Parents and caregivers are the foundation of a health family because they choose what goes on their child’s plate. Encourage healthy eating and good habits by allowing your child to be involved in meal planning and preparation, having fruits and vegetables available for snacking, and increasing the variety of foods your child eats. Remember sugary drinks such as flavored milks, fruit juice, and soda can cause tooth decay and obesity. Water is always the best choice!

                        

What's New - January -March 2017 Newsletter!


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 cfcsolano@solanocounty.com. We will also be hosting trainings, so be on the lookout for future announcements.

April Children's Month Grants  (click here for more)

April is Children’s Month and First 5 Solano has grants up to $300 each to distribute in honor of the observance. Grants are available to fund community activities and events that promote awareness among parents and caregivers with children age zero to 5 on issues such as childhood development and well-being. Community Engagement Fund applications must be submitted by March 17th. For questions please call First 5 Solano at 707-784-1332.


Workshop: Bridges Out of Poverty
Grantees and community partners who work with children 0-5 years old are invited to attend a no-cost training hosted by First 5 Solano on the topic of understanding poverty in our community. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the Solano County Events Center, Conference Room A. This will be an engaging training led by Jodi Pharr, Consultant with aha! Process, Inc.

Due to the popularity of this event, initial registration will be limited to three (3) individuals per agency. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided and all attendees registering before April 7, 2017 will receive a complimentary copy of the book, "Bridges Out of Poverty". Additional individuals from the same agency may be allowed to register after April 7th if space permits. Please call First 5 Solano at 707-784-1332 to be added to the waiting list.

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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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Commission Meetings 
First 5 Solano holds regular meetings; please click this link for schedule and agenda details.