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.

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Child Development

Help Me Grow Orange County

Connects children and their families to developmental services to enhance the development, behavior and learning of children birth through eight years. Online: helpmegrowoc.org or 866-476-9025.

Children's Bureau

The Early Years Emotional Wellness Program offers parents of newborns through age 8 with supportive services to address concerns in their children’s developmental and social/emotional health. Online: all4kids.org/earlyyears.

MOMS Orange County

Provides free access to prenatal care, health screenings, infant development screenings, health education and referral services through monthly home visits and group classes. Online: momsorangecounty.org/ or 800-787-5858.

Early Start

Provided through the Regional Center of Orange County, Early Start offers Early Intervention supports and services for infants and toddlers, birth to 36 months, and their
families. Learn more: English | Spanish | Vietnamese or call 714-796-5354.

Pretend City Children's Museum

Besides being a children’s museum featuring interactive exhibits and activities, the site also hosts resources, tips and activities focused on early learning and educational play. Online: pretendcity.org or 949-428-3900.

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

Provides simple, practical strategies to help parents raise happy, confident children, set family routines and rules that everyone can follow and balance work and family life with less stress. Online: triplep-parenting.com/us/triple-p/.

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Mental Health

Western Youth Services

Advances awareness, cultivates success and strengthens communities through integrated mental health services for children, youth, and families. Online: westernyouthservices.org or 888-312-0406.

Child Guidance Center

Provides evidence-based mental health services, from Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program to intensive approaches for addressing the impact of trauma on children and families. Online: childguidancecenteroc.org or 714-953-4455.

Start Well

Builds supportive, collaborative relationships with Early Care and Education providers in family child care homes and center-based programs, providing information and guidance through a six-step consultation process. Online: startwelloc.org.

OC Warmline

Provides confidential 24/7 support service for anyone who has concerns about mental health, substance use, is lonely or confused, or who needs information about available mental health services. Online: namioc.org, 877-910-9276 or via text at714-991-6412.

Orange County Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit

Local resources, evidence-based tools, and recommendations to assist healthcare and service providers in offering education, preventive interventions, screening, referral, and treatment for new and expecting parents.

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255.

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Early Learning

Orange County Head Start, Inc.

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.

Quality Start OC

Helps families find quality early learning experiences for young children that are safe and have opportunities to learn and grow. Online: qualitystartoc.org or 714-966-4000.

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Child Care

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

The Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council hosts an updated database featuring child care providers in the county.

Children’s Home Society of California helps families reflect on child care options and find the ones that are best suited for you and your family: chs-ca.org/for-families/child-care-referrals.

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Basic Needs

2-1-1

Safety, food, health, housing: if you need help right away with safety, food, healthcare, housing, or something else, call 2-1-1 or go to 211oc.org.

La Leche League

La Leche League: Helps parents, families and communities to breastfeed and chestfeed their babies through parent-to-parent support. Online: lllscnv.org/group-locator or 714-965-1182.

Community Action Partnership of Orange County

Lists food and nutrition assistance, as well as diaper bank, infant and youth resources. Online: capoc.org/resources or 714-897-6670.

Families and Communities Together (FaCT)

Supports several Family Resource Centers located throughout Orange County that provides activities and family support services such as food assistance, counseling, legal workshops and more. Online: factoc.org or 714-566-2878.

California WIC

Provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum. women, infants, and children up to age 5. Online: myfamily.wic.ca.gov or 800-852-5770.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Works with partners to provide food to hungry families and also lists other food programs and resources. feedoc.org/get-help or 949-653-2900.

Community Health Initiative of Orange County

Connects all children and families to affordable and quality health care and social services, including WIC, Medi-Cal, CalFresh and more. Online: chioc.org or 855-927-8333.

Kid Builders Mobile App

Download the free “Kid Builders” Mobile App — a fun and free, activity-packed resource to help your children 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 app is available now free of charge to both iPhone and Android users. It is also available online at kidbuildersapp.firebaseapp.com.

Kid Builders App