All children deserve the best start in life. In the first 5 years of a child's life, critical connections are made in the brain that shape their lifelong learning. How we nurture and support our children today will impact their success in school and in life.
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FOR PROFESSIONALS: Trainings Click here for more information on any of the below trainings.
Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Training Series
Applications accepted on a space available basis.
FIRST 5 TURNS 15!
In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 10, the ballot initiative that created First 5 commissions in every county in the state to support the healthy development of children from birth through 5 years of age. Learn about the work of First 5s around the state.
STRONG START FOR AMERICA'S CHILDREN The Strong Start for America's Children Act was introduced recently--a federal bill to expand early childhood education! Learn more from the Monterey Herald's article.
PARENT TALK CRITICAL FOR EARLY LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT...
As the Literacy Campaign Summit (on Friday, October 25th) approaches here is another reminder of how connected language development is to childhood development and success! We encourage you to join this list serve as it often has interesting information about childhood development in "bite size" pieces together with suggestions for concrete action steps.
MONTEREY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PROCLAIMS 2013 YEAR OF THE CHILD
In acknowledgement of the value and importance of children to our
county, the Monterey County Board Of Supervisors proclaimed 2013 Year Of
The Child on Tuesday April 9th. Click here to learn more.
FIRST 5 HAPPENINGS
Our next Commission Meeting is October 28th at 9:00 a.m. at the MY Museum in Monterey.