First 5 Orange County provides Resources for Families with Young Children in English and Spanish

First 5 Orange County is sharing resources for families with young children that may be useful during the coronavirus pandemic response. The resources cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Health and Mental Health
  • Childcare
  • Food and Supplies
  • Tips for Talking with Your Child About COVID-19
  • At-Home Learning
  • Financial Support for Nonprofits & Individuals
  • and Up-to-Date COVID-19 Information

Click here to view the resources information in English.

Click here to view the resources information in Spanish

Board of Supervisors recruiting candidates to serve on First 5 Orange County Children and Families Commission

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is seeking applications from qualified candidates to serve on the First 5 Orange County Children and Families Commission.

Recruitment is being conducted for three seats on the nine-member board; two are in the health category and one is in the education category.

Commissioners will help advance  First 5 OC’s Strategic Plan and support our goals of connecting and enhancing the systems of care to improve outcomes for young children and their families.

Commission members are appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Commissioners serve a two-year term, meet six times per year, serve on ad-hoc committees, and represent First 5 Orange County at community events. The recruitment is open to new applicants and current members.

Download the 2020 Application Package here.

Census 2020 – Get Involved

Census 2020 is around the corner…. and we’re getting ready!

First 5 Orange County is supporting a community-wide outreach effort to families with young children to share how important it is to respond to the 2020 Census. In 2010, it is estimated that more than 18,000 children in Orange County were undercounted and as a result, $36 million in federal funding went elsewhere. It is further estimated that about 6.5 percent of young Latino and African-American children were overlooked by the 2010 Census, which is roughly twice the rate of young non-Latino white children.

Our goal is to ensure every child, ages 0-5, in Orange County is counted in Census 2020 and we invite our partners to get involved.

Here are some ideas how:

Planning Opportunities:
Join the Special 0-5 Census Expo, scheduled for November 5th from 9 AM – 11:30 AM at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana. This Expo will be designed specifically to support outreach and education efforts of stakeholders who can reach families with children ages 0 to 5. The 0-5 population is one of our hardest to count and crosses all other Hard to Count populations. You can register here for this planning event.

Funding Opportunities:
There are several funding opportunities available in Q3 and Q4 2019, for school districts, cities and community-based organizations to support this effort.

  • County of Orange RFP – OPEN, due October 2. You can find the RFP posting on BidSync here: https://www.bidsync.com/bidsync-app-web/vendor/links/BidDetail.xhtml?bidid=2047224&roundId=null.
  • Charitable Ventures ACBO RFP – OPEN, due October 4. This funding opportunity deploys available public dollars from the State Census contract to CBOs. Applications will be due Friday, October 4 at 5 PM. Eligible organizations will work within State-approved targeted areas and with a focus on State-approved Hard-to-Count Populations. Find the full RFP posting here: https://occensus.org/funding/.
  • Census Fund RFP – On November 1, via email to the OC Census Table and posting to www.occensus.org, Charitable Ventures will release an RFP to deploy dollars from the OC Census Fund, a private pooled fund. Applications will be due December 2.

Training Opportunities:
Outreach training will begin in October and continue into the 1st quarter of 2020.  Trainings will include messaging, communications and outreach strategies as well as focused sessions on setup and use of a Question Assistance Center (QAC).

For those who want to get a head start on training, please look at the recently published NALEO Back to School Toolkit for Families here: https://mailchi.mp/naleo/back-to-school-help-us-spread-the-word-about-counting-children-in-census-2020?e=3847af663b.