First 5 Orange County provides data, information in Orange County Register article on how COVID has impacted the child care industry

“We won’t really ever fully understand.”

First 5 Orange County President/CEO Kim Goll was featured in a story in The Orange County Register detailing how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the child care industry in Orange County and left parents and providers scrambling to pick up the pieces.

According to data provided by First 5 Orange County, at least 29 child care centers and 107 home-based programs closed in Orange County during an 11-month window starting in March of 2020, reducing the number of local child care slots by 3,300.

Read the full story by clicking below:

The pandemic messed up child care in Orange County; that problem is about to hit home

First 5 Orange County Children & Families Commission meeting to be held April 7

Join us at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021, as the First 5 Orange County Children and Families Commission meets via Zoom.

The April agenda promises to be a fast-paced meeting, chock-full of information.

On the agenda are highlights from the Dental Transformation Infinitive that concluded in December, review and a public hearing on the updated Strategic Plan, an update on the Long Term Financial Plan, continuation of Engaged Neighborhood work and introduction of a new project with Medical-Legal Partnership Boston, and approval of a list of qualified consultants as well as selected consultant agreements for next fiscal year.

For a complete list of agenda items, click here.

This meeting will be held via Zoom. Members of the public can listen to the live meeting by clicking here (password: 135863), or by calling the following numbers:

  • +1 669 900 9128
  • +1 253 215 8782
  • +1 346 248 7799
  • +1 646 558 8656

Webinar ID: 894 4161 4894; Passcode: 135863

Public Comments:

The Commission is accepting public comments to be submitted by emailing them to The comments will be distributed to all of the Commissioners and read into the record. If you wish to comment on a specific agenda item, please identify the item in your email. General public comments will be addressed during the general public comment item on the agenda. In order to ensure that staff has the ability to provide comments to the Commissioners in a timely manner, please submit your comments by 12 p.m. on April 6, 2021.

Any member of the public requiring a reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact the Commission at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at or (714) 834-2206.

First 5 Orange County President/CEO Kim Goll quoted in Orange County Register article on child care

First 5 Orange County President/CEO Kim Goll was quoted in an Orange County Register article titled, “Parents may be in for a rude awakening as they start to return to work and seek child care.”

The article details the difficulties parents and caregivers are having finding quality child care as more businesses reopen and an increased number of employees return to their workplaces.

Furthermore, with COVID-19 health and safety regulations still in place, child care providers are also affected in how many children they can accept and the flexibility in services they provide.

“It’s crippling for a provider,” Goll said in the article.

First 5 Orange County has been at the forefront of examining the harsh landscape of Orange County’s child care system and leading the charge to find ways to do something about it.

Read the full story:

Parents may be in for a rude awakening as they start to return to work and seek child care

Forum on March 30 to discuss effects of pandemic on Orange County children’s mental health

Please join First 5 Orange County Commissioner and Vice Chairman and Fourth District Supervisor Doug Chaffee and the Orange County Children’s Partnership for a forum on the 26th annual report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County.

The forum will include a variety of speakers discussing the following:

  • Mental health needs in children from early childhood through the teen years
  • The impact of COVID-19 on children and family mental health
  • Resources to identify and support mental health challenges in children

What: Conditions of Children Mental Health and COVID-19 Forum
When: 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Register here:

Forum on March 16 to discuss health, emotional well-being of Orange County’s children

Please save the date for a March 16, 2021 community forum discussing the 26th annual report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County — specifically, the health and emotional well-being of Orange County’s children and youth.

A Pandemic Generation – What are Kids Thinking, Feeling and Talking about?

  • Learn how to identify risk and protective factors for emotional well-being
  • What are recent trends in youth emotional well-being?
  • Learn how to ask hard questions and engage in meaningful discussions with youth who may not be asking for help.
  • Learn about recent collaborative efforts and resources

This March 16, 2021 forum will be led by the Hon. Lisa Bartlett, Orange County 5th District Supervisor in partnership with the Orange County Children’s Partnership.

What: Community forum on 26th annual Conditions of Children in Orange County report
When: 9 to 11 a.m. March 16, 2021
Register here: