Resources for Parents
At First 5 Orange County, we believe that all young children deserve to reach their full potential. But sometimes we all need a little help, and that’s where First 5 Orange County can point you in the right direction.
Whether it’s concerns about a child’s health, development and mental well-being, or finding child care, early learning activities and food assistance, here are some resources to help families and children.
For more information and resources for people working with affected parents, also visit the Orange County Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255.
Provides comprehensive early education programs for children and their families, with special emphasis on promoting children’s school readiness in the areas of language and cognitive development, early reading, science, mathematics, social skills, health and physical development. Online: ochsinc.org or 714-241-8920.
Getting Your Child Ready for School is a parent resource that is based on the Early Development Index (EDI). The EDI is a teacher-rated measure of kindergarten children’s readiness to learn at school in five areas of early childhood development. This parent toolkit provides tips and information for each of those five EDI areas. The toolkit is also available in Spanish and in Vietnamese.
The California Department of Social Services features a map database where you can find information on licensed childcare providers that are currently open, including location, ages of children served, hours and more: mychildcare.ca.gov
View and download “Kid Builders” activities — a fun and free, action-packed resource for all children ages 0-5 to help them grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school and life.
Teach your baby how to stack blocks, look for opposites with your toddler and encourage your son or daughter to say “Thank You.”
These easy-to-do activities, right at your fingertips, can help your kids grow in six critical areas: body, health, mind, relationships, safety and words.
All activities are available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
The activities are available online at first5oc.org/resources/parent-resources/kid-builder-resources.