First 5 Orange County recently renewed our support for the Engaged Neighborhood Initiative. This initiative empowers families and neighborhoods to advocate for their young children while connecting families to the early health and development systems, and the systems to each other. We currently fund collaborative Engaged Neighborhood groups in four cities: Anaheim, Garden Grove, La Habra, and Santa Ana.
This week, we are sharing a brief overview of the Engaged Neighborhood work. Over the next several weeks, we will share additional Engaged Neighborhood Spotlights highlighting the four unique groups, why this work is important to First 5 Orange County, and how Engaged Neighborhoods are making an impact.
- Focus on all things early childhood and ensuring that kids and families are ready for kindergarten.
- Provide spaces where families can connect, share resources, feel supported and become champions for early childhood.
- Use Early Development Index (EDI) data to develop unique impact plans with their goals and dreams to positively impact young children.
Four current Engaged Neighborhoods
- Growing Up Garden Grove
- La Habra Little Learners
- Network Anaheim: Learn Well
- Santa Ana Early Learning Initiative