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.
Twenty-one new pertussis cases where other children may have been exposed were reported this week, according to County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials today. The County is continuing to see increased pertussis activity in a year that has seen a record number of cases locally. (vaccine clinic information)
This facility is the first of two Navy Child Development Centers funded by the First 5 Commission of San Diego. First 5 San Diego promotes and supports early childhood development for children ages newborn through five years-old in San Diego County. The child development center has the capacity for 112 children and includes site development for play areas, new parking, drop-off areas and service entrance. The facility has also been designed to accommodate a future expansion so that the facility will be capable of caring for approximately 300 children.
The First 5 Commission of San Diego and other leaders from local business and health care communities launched Text4Baby San Diego, a free mobile education program that provides health information to expecting and new parents timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth. Pregnant women and new parents can sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 or by registering at TEXT4Baby.com. The Commission granted $85,000 towards community outreach and marketing. http://www.text4baby.com/
St Vincent de Paul was awarded a First 5 San Diego Capital Grant for construction of a Child Development Center at St. Vincent de Paul Village in the amount of $6,698,025. The Child Development Center will be part of the St. Vincent de Paul Village’s new 12 story construction project located downtown at the corner of 15th and Commercial.