COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY APPOINTS NEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Barbara Jiménez Appointed to Oversee Operations in the North Coastal and North Inland Regions
The County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Jiménez as the new Deputy Director for the North Coastal and North Inland Regions.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy
February 22, 2011 (San Diego, Calif.) — February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and First 5 San Diego is reminding parents and caregivers about the importance of brushing and taking care of their children’s teeth.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — (January 31, 2011) — On January 10, Supervisor Pam Slater-Price returned for her third term as First 5 Commission Chair. Slater-Price was the first Chair when the Commission was initiated in 1999 and served again in 2005. She opened the first Commission meeting of 2011 by expressing her support of First 5 San Diego services.
TROUBLE IN TOYLAND
Some Toys Can Be Worse Than Annoying
Toys with all the gizmos and gadgets that produce lights and sounds might keep children interested and occupied. However, along with the laughs and entertainment could come hearing loss if the toys children are playing with are extremely loud.
Today, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and First 5 San Diego officials warned parents about dangerously loud toys and how they could damage a children’s hearing, as well as their physical and psychological health.
First 5 San Diego Encourages Parents to Read to their Infants
November 17, 2010 (San Diego, Calif.) — Many children from low-income communities are entering kindergarten without the basic early literacy skills needed for lifelong success. To help narrow this early childhood literacy gap in San Diego County, First 5 San Diego launched its “Read Early, Read Aloud” campaign in November. The month-long effort encourages parents and caregivers of children ages 5 and younger to read aloud to their youngsters and to participate in literacy events in their communities.
First 5 San Diego Approves Child Care Bridge Loans
November 5, 2010 (San Diego, Calif.) — The First 5 Commission of San Diego will provide $2.25 million in bridge funding to maintain child care assistance for parents previously on welfare who are now working. The action comes after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed $256 million from the “welfare-to-work” Stage 3 Child Care program.
An estimated 2,829 children are enrolled in the program in San Diego County. More than one thousand are under the age of five.
San Diego, Calif. – (October 8, 2010) – First 5 San Diego’s online resource for information for parents and caregivers of children ages 0 through 5 has been revamped and is now easier to navigate. The website, www.first5sandiego.org, provides information about health, family, learning and community resources around San Diego County.
The infant mortality rate in California is one to the lowest in the nation. However, the mortality rate for African-American babies is dramatically higher in California and San Diego County. Additionally, African American women locally have the highest percentage of low birth-weight babies.