First 5 Lake is currently helping to fund these outstanding programs for children and families in Lake County:

First 5 is proud to invest inNurturing Families parenting classes all around the lake.  These fun and engaging classes offer parents and children new ways to work together as a family. Nurturing Families is based on the philosophy that parenting is learned and that the way parents were raised directly influences the way they raise their children. For more information, click the link above, call Lisa Gilmore (707-289-4110) or email her at 
First 5 partners with Easter Seals Bay Area to provide two FREE Early Learning Centers in Lake County. Parents can bring their children (birth-to-five) to play at the fully equipped locations in Clearlake (Tues, Weds, Thurs) or Lakeport (Mon). When you visit, you will find activities that your child may not have access to at home that will allow you to discover more of your child's strengths and interests. You'll receive on site consultation and tips to support your understanding of your child's development and you'll get to meet other parents with young children and help your child begin to make friendships and learn to socialize with peers. For more information, click the link above or call Mary at 707-995-1810 or 707-263-3949.
Another collaboration between First 5 and Lake County Office of Education's Healthy Start program is the Children's Oral Health Project. Funding is provided for dental screenings and oral health education for preschoolers and their parents. Referrals for dental treatment and transportation and assistance in obtaining dental insurance are also available. Community partners include Lake County Public Health, Mendocino Community Health Clinic, St. Helena Hospital Clearlake and local school districts. For more information, click the link above or call Ana Santana at 707-289-4110.
First 5 funds a percentage of salary and benefits for multiple AmeriCorps members who provide specialized programs in local preschools and other locations serving young children.  Programs include: oral health and nutrition, Second Step social, emotional and interpersonal skill building, after school programming such as book clubs, summer programs like kindergarten boot camp and nutrition programs, and parenting workshops on topics of interest. For more information, click the link above or call Gilbert Rangel at (707) 263-8796.
First 5 also partners with Easter Seals Bay Area by supporting a toll free Health Line (877-263-3994) which parents can call to ask questions or express concerns about their child's development and get referrals to child development specialists and access to developmental screenings. Easter Seals' child development specialists visit family child care homes helping to promote typical development and connect child care providers with additional community resources.
Bloom is a locally based program that is dedicated to providing tools and resources to
Lake County parents of children ages 0 – 5, to help them become more engaged in
talking, playing and reading with their children, to help better prepare Lake County
students for kindergarten.

Through funding provided by the Lake County Office of Education and First 5, Bloom
will promote Imagination Library, Vroom, and Ready4K, three nationally-recognized and
research-based programs to help increase parents’ literacy activities with their children.
Bloom will act as the umbrella organization to promote these programs locally, as well
as provide fun monthly activities tailored to our local community to help parents stay
engaged with their children in activities to help improve literacy and kindergarten
preparedness.  For more information please call Carly Swatosh at (707) 262-4163.
First 5 provides funding to Lake County Office of Education to administer the Imagination Library program for children birth-to-five. The goal of the program is to foster a love of reading by providing children with the gift of a specially selected book each month. High-quality, age-appropriate books are mailed directly to children's homes and those attending participating preschools have the opportunity to participate in after school book clubs to gain even more from the program. Click on the link above to register your child today!
First 5 IMPACT (Improve and Maximize Programs so All Children Thrive) is an innovative approach that forges partnerships between First 5 California and counties to achieve the goal of helping children ages 0 to 5 and their families thrive by increasing the number of high-quality early learning settings, including supporting and engaging families in the early learning process. Supporting more settings to achieve high-quality standards helps ensure more of California's children enter school with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to be successful. This provides families the information and support they need to promote and optimize their children's development and learning, both inside and outside the home. First 5 Lake and Lake County Office of Education are working together on this initiative.
First 5 is a proud sponsor of Sutter Lakeside Hospital's Safe Sleep Initiative. Sleep education seminars are offered on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the Sutter Community Room to Lake County residents who are expecting the birth of a child . Expectant and new parents will receive valuable information from registered nurses about the best practices for putting baby to sleep safely and comfortably. Attendees will receive a Safe Sleep Baby Bundle at the end of the class. Each bundle includes a pack-n-play, infant clothing, diapers and wipes, a sleep sack, pacifier, digital thermometer, a First 5 Kit for New Parents, and other items to make baby's transition home as smooth as possible. 
First 5 Lake funds two mini-grants to provide access to transportation for patients (children age 0-5 and/or their parents) that need assistance. A mini-grant to Adventist Health Clearlake's Bright Start program provides gas vouchers and bus passes to provide support for parents and children age 0-5 to travel to and from medical offices and education classes. This included offering bus passes for patients to travel to and from OB education classes to increase access and encourage attendance; and providing gas vouchers for high risk OB patients’ travel to and from Santa Rosa or UCSF.  Call 707-995-4500 for more information. The second mini-grant, through Easter Seals of the Bay Area (ESBA), provides out-of-county travel stipends for children age 0-5, disabled and non-disabled, who need access to specialized health related care; young mothers with prenatal complications; and parents visiting their young children who have been hospitalized for prolonged periods. Trips are funded for vision, hearing, and physical health reasons and destinations include San Francisco, Sacramento, Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties. Call 707-263-3949 for more information.