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.
A list of activities happening this month around Orange County for children ages 0-5 and their families/caregivers to attend. Click on each activity for more information.
Learning Link is a drop-in program for children (infants to 5 years old) and their parent or caregiver. Learning Links are a great place for children to meet other children, and for caregivers to learn new ways to play with their child with the help of a qualified preschool teacher. Online: first5oc.org/resources/learning-link/
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.
First 5 OC’s Early Learning Systems manager Cristina Blevins has over 20 years of experience in early childhood education. In this Parenting OC column, she shares how parents can help their children ages 2 to 6 with anxiety about starting school. Read the column: parentingoc.com/education/dealing-with-school-anxiety.
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
This handbook was designed to assist in embracing legal problem-solving as a strategy and to provide a bigger toolbox that taps legal problem-solving resources both inside and outside the sector, so that perinatal and early childhood systems, programs, and teams can more effectively meet their mission of supporting families to flourish. Get the handbook here.
View 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.
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.
The activities are available online at https://first5oc.org/kid-builders/.