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First 5 San Bernardino

Talk, read and sing to your children

PrintTalk. Read. Sing. ® Fest! is coming to Hesperia Branch Library on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Highland Branch Library  on Saturday, Nov. 7!

Enjoy FREE fun for infants, toddlers and preschoolers ages 5 and under as we champion the three little action words that make a BIG impact on your child’s learning.

In partnership with San Bernardino County Library, we’ll have special performances by Twinkle Time & Friends, Rafael & Katia’s Magic Show and guitarist Dan Crow. Take photos with Potter the Otter and other story characters. Participate in kid-friendly activities and don’t forget our book giveaway for children ages 5 and under!

Parents, don’t miss the special talks on the importance of Talk. Read. Sing. ® with your children before the performances take place.

Make it a play date! Join us on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hesperia Branch Library, 9650 7th Ave in Hesperia or Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highland Branch Library, 7863 Central Ave in Highland for all the early learning fun! For more information, call First 5 San Bernardino at (909) 386-7706 or visit First 5 San Bernardino on Facebook. Talk. Read. Sing. ® is a registered trademark of First 5 California.

First 5 San Bernardino seeks applicants for preschool coach

First 5 color logoAmeriCorps, a National Service Program dedicated to serving the needs of local communities, partners with First 5 San Bernardino to make a commitment to serve San Bernardino County’s youngest population.

For an AmeriCorps volunteer’s time as a Preschool Coach with First 5 San Bernardino, the volunteer will receive an allowance to offset their living expenses while they are serving their community.

Upon completion of their commitment, an AmeriCorps volunteer is also qualified for an Education Award that can be used to pay for college expenses.

Individuals who possess a minimum of 12 units in human services, health services or early education fields and are interested in expanding their professional opportunities to include working with preschool-aged children, are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be subject to eligibility verification, fingerprinting and background clearance.

If you are interested in making a difference in your community as an AmeriCorps volunteer, ensuring that children are ready to enter and succeed in school, call Mary Alvarez (909) 386-7706 or visit our website at www.first5sanbernardino.org for more information.

Deadline to apply is Friday, June 15, 2015 by 4 p.m. Click here for more information.

First 5 celebrates 15 year anniversary of Proposition 10

First5PhotoRialto preschool children gathered with Potter the Otter in the Board of Supervisors Covington Chambers  on Wednesday to sing Happy Birthday and celebrate the 15th anniversary of First 5 San Bernardino.

November 3 marked the 15th anniversary of voter-approved Proposition 10 which funds First 5 San Bernardino, an early childhood development initiative, through cigarette and tobacco-product taxes.

Pioneers behind Proposition 10’s legislation, founding commissioners and champions of the agency including Kent Paxton of the Children’s Network, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s Director of Women’s Health, Dr. Guillermo Valenzuela and Fifth District County Supervisor Josie Gonzales, and former County Administrative Officer John Michaelson presented comments on the early phases of First 5 San Bernardino.

“The millions of dollars that have been invested have influenced the nonprofit sector, our community infrastructure, and the delivery of developmental services for children. This has resulted in children experiencing positive outcomes for health and safety needs, and also enhances the quality of learning. Children have been positioned to fare better in education and in life, through our investments,” said Karen Scott, executive director of First 5.

“We are proud of the thousands of families and children we have touched over the 15 years, but we have much more to offer to improve our children’s experience during their first 5 years of life in San Bernardino County as our agency matures.”

 

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