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Mission & Vision

 

First 5 Siskiyou’s Mission

First 5 Siskiyou invests in the future of young children and their families in Siskiyou County with the goal of promoting the health and well-being of young children during their most critical years of development, from the prenatal stage through age five.

Our vision is to support parents of young children in nurturing healthy development, love of learning, and to be able to enter school as active learners.

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PRIORITIES

 

Our focus
is outlined in these areas:

First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commission funding is from revenue from the voter approved Proposition 10, passed in 1998, adding a tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products to improve services and resources for children in the most critical time in their lives – the first 5 years.

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Improve Family Well-Being

Increase resources for families to optimize the critical role they play in the emotional, physical, and social development of their children.

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Enhance Early Learning and Development

Promote and optimize children’s development and learning both inside and outside the home by improving access to high quality early care and education programs.

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Improve Child Health

Provides screenings, resources, and education so that each child is healthy, well-nourished, and is in a nurturing, safe, and stable environment.

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Strengthen Family, Community Support, and Partnership

Create and enhance collaborations for effective and efficient collective impact.

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Bulletins

 

Important Community Notices

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September

DARKNESS TO LIGHT ~
STEWARDS OF CHILDREN
SISKIYOU FAMILY YMCA
Yreka (5:30 to 8:00pm)

For more information, please contact Noelle Collier at
noelle@siskiyou-ymca.org or 842-YMCA.

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Stewards of Children® is a prevention training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

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September

RESOURCE FAMILY APPROVAL
Core Training ~ 09/18 to 10/09/2018
Yreka Community Resource Center
5:00 – 8:30pm (Dinner at 5:00pm)

 

For information, call (530) 841-4844 or
email
cwatson@co.siskiyou.ca.us

 

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This free 4-week series fulfills the mandatory training hours for Resource Families.

 

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September

MOVING TOWARD
NEUROSCIENCE-BASED SOCIAL WORK

Conference in Corning, CA
8:00 – 4:00pm

Register here…

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CPIN

New STEM Training Schedule

All CPIN offerings are free of charge.
Please download flyer for registration information, training details, and schedule.

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Every participant will receive a copy of the guide: “Best Practices for Planning Curriculum for Young Children: The Integrated Nature of Learning”.

CPIN

Training Schedule
FY 2018-19

California Preschool Instructional Network

For questions, or to register, email
rmoravec@tehamaschools.org

Register here…

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You may register to attend any training in any county, on any date. You are not restricted to those scheduled in your own local area.
Please contact Rebekah Moravec at Tehama County Department of Education at (530) 528-7359 with questions and assistance with registration.

WIC

2018 Schedule

California Women, Infants & Children

WIC helps families by providing nutrition education, breastfeeding support, vouchers for healthy foods, and
referrals to health care and other community services.

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WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers. Dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and working families are welcome at WIC too!

For more information, please call 530-841-2170 or (cell) 530-598-5826.

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REGISTER NOW!

Upcoming
Special Trainings and Events

MINDFUL LEADERSHIP,
COLLABORATION,
HIGH-PERFORMING TEAMS,
AND FAMILIES

Presented by Dr. Ernest Mendes

Thursday, September 27, 2018 ~ 9:00 – 4:00pm
Miner’s Inn Convention Center, Yreka

This interactive and information-based training will explore effective leadership principles and engagement strategies to use in groups. The skills learned can also strengthen the family unit.

Register here!

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Classes and Special Activities

Classes and Special Activities

Nurturing Skills

Facilitated by
Carla Charraga

12 Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:30pm
August 29 – November 14
Location: Siskiyou Child Care Council
152 Boles Street, Weed

This 12-session fun and interactive parenting program focuses on the unique developmental
needs of young children and sets the foundation for nurturing and healthy family relationships.

Dinner and child care are provided! Please call 938-9914 to register.

Cooking Matters

Facilitated by Michelle Harris, MS, RD

Thursday, August 30 ~  5:15 – 7:15pm
Location: Dunsmuir Community Resource Center

Join us for a cooking and nutrition class using fresh produce from the garden!
Learn how simple fresh ingredients from your backyard can create healthy meals for your  family!

Darkness to Light's ~ Stewards of Children

Special Authorized Facilitators: Georgia Conroy and Ronya Merel

Thursday ~  August 30th
5:30 – 8:00pm

Learn how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Dinner and child care are provided!
To help us plan for dinner and child care, please call 468-2450 to reserve your space!

A Word FROM

Our Executive Director

“In this final month of our fiscal year, I join First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commissioners in sharing our appreciation for your trust, partnership, and work with First 5 Siskiyou. We are proud of our collective efforts to strengthen families by building protective factors and support opportunities for children to succeed in school and in life.”

Read all of June 2018 note from our Executive Director…

– Karen Pautz

The Imagination Library
is now available in Siskiyou County!

Through this program, children ages birth to five receive by mail a new,
age-appropriate book every month. Our goal is to foster a love of reading
in preschool children and ensure that every child has books.

  • County Wide Participation 40%

Children Registered

Books Provided

The Imagination Library is now available in Siskiyou County!

Through this program, children ages birth to five receive by mail a new, age-appropriate book every month. Our goal is to foster a love of reading in preschool children and ensure that every child has books.

Total Children Registered

  • Registered Siskiyou Families 55%

Total Books Received

You can also pick up registration forms from community libraries or the family resource centers.

Your generous gift is tax deductible. 100% of all donations goes toward the cost of the books.
Donate now to help ensure all of the 2500 young children in Siskiyou have access to books!

Recently in the News

Children attending Montague Elementary Preschool had the opportunity in May to receive no-cost vision screenings from local Optometrist Duane Brooks, OD, as part of the Early Childhood Screening Expansion Project funded in major part by First 5 Siskiyou and administered by Klamath Health Services, Inc., stated a recent press release from Klamath Health Services, Inc.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Moira Kenney, Executive Director of First 5 Association, released the following statement in response to the passage of state budget legislation yesterday:

We urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign the state budget passed yesterday by legislators—the best budget we’ve seen for kids and families in years. There is much to applaud, from enhanced efforts to decrease poverty and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), to new programs that directly benefit families and young kids.

PDF Response

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

According to Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a professor at Temple University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, more and more studies are confirming the importance of conversation. “Language is the single best predictor of school achievement,” she told me, “and the key to strong language skills are those back-and-forth fluent conversations between young children and adults.”

Read more in The Atlantic…

MCAH News Flash

Two toddler formulas, which are not California WIC authorized formulas, were named in a lawsuit by the California Department of Justice (DOJ). On Thursday, June 7, the DOJ announced that it is pursuing a lawsuit against two companies, Nutraceutical Corp. and Graceleigh Inc. DOJ testing on Peaceful Planet Toddler Supreme and Sammy’s Milk Free-Range Goat Milk Toddler Formula found dangerous levels of lead.

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Have you seen the Child Development Tracker from PBS Parents yet? Browse activities by age (2-8) and topics (emotions & self-awareness, social skills, character, literacy, and math).

Check it out!

Lead is found in toddler formulas, California sues manufacturers

Two toddler formulas, which are not California WIC authorized formulas, were named in a lawsuit by the California Department of Justice (DOJ). On Thursday, June 7, the DOJ announced that it is pursuing a lawsuit against two companies, Nutraceutical Corp. and Graceleigh Inc. DOJ testing on Peaceful Planet Toddler Supreme and Sammy’s Milk Free-Range Goat Milk Toddler Formula found dangerous levels of lead.

Read more in the Sacramento Bee…

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Testimonials

 

What People are Saying

“I want to say thank you for the wonderful backpacks for the kindergartners for next year — my daughter loves it!”

Amanda L.

“It has impacted my child in a very positive way by making her feel important and able to open up and express her feelings and emotions. I’m more inclined to seek input from my child — we understand each other better.” A parent’s response to “How has your participation in this series impacted your child?” on an Evaluation at completion of the REHC series at Grenada Elementary School.”

A Parent's Response

“I was super-surprised to receive all of the gifts and gift bag from a nurse at Fairchild Medical Center when my son Derrik was born — thank you very much! I’ve already read all of the books to Derrik and his big brother Darren — we appreciate them very much and also all of the educational information about parenting and development.”

Laura P.