First 5 Orange County, Children and Families Commission meets Feb. 3, 2021

Please join us at 9 a.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2021, as the First 5 Orange County, Children and Families Commission meets via Zoom.

The February Commission meeting will begin with a presentation by Tiffany Alva of First 5 Orange County and Jennifer Fitzgerald of Curt Pringle & Associates presenting First 5 Orange County’s first-ever Legislative Platform.

The meeting will continue with updates on the Child Care Landscape Plan, the Strategic Plan, and our COVID-19 Prevention Policy. Other notable items include authorization to accept an additional $250,000 for the CalWORKs Home Visiting Program and a summary of how those funds are proposed to be spent, and an update on First 5’s equity-related work. This item includes recommendations for securing technical support with two organizations to build staff, consultant and regional capacity to address issues of race, equity, diversity and inclusion.

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: 244711), or by calling the following numbers:

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

Webinar ID: 841 3583 4673; Passcode: 244722

Public Comments:

The Commission is accepting public comments to be submitted by emailing them to First5OC@cfcoc.ocgov.com. 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 February 2, 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 First5OC@cfcoc.ocgov.com or (714) 834-2206.

First 5 Orange County seeks experts to apply for consultant work

First 5 Orange County is seeking qualified individuals and/or firms with demonstrated leadership and experience in various subject matters to provide specialized technical expertise for implementation of programs.  Click here to view the RFQ. 

First 5 Orange County is seeking individuals and/or firms with subject matter expertise in the following:

  • Comprehensive Health and Development
  • Quality Early Learning
  • Resilient Families
  • Early Childhood Systems Performance Assessment
  • Project Management
  • Community Engagement Support
  • Evaluation
  • Strategic Communication
  • Contract Compliance and Audit
  • Race, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Professional Development
  • Language Translation

Applicants currently on First 5 Orange County’s approved roster from April 2020 must reaffirm their wish to remain on the roster and update their prior applications, if needed, by completing Attachment 1, Checklist for Consultant Applications. A re-submission of their prior application is not required.

View and see instructions on how to submit an application here: Consultant RFQ 2021

Click here to view the FAQ for the Consultant RFQ 2021. 

Second grant application period opens in February for non-profits and small businesses

California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), has announced that Round 1 for the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is closed.

With more than 300,000 applications successfully completed, application approval notifications will be sent out through Friday, January 22, 2021.

Funds will be disbursed over a 45-day verification period beginning Friday, January 22, 2021.

A second round of applications will open at 8:00 a.m. February 2 and will run through 6:00 p.m. February 8, 2021.

Please Note: Applicants who submitted all necessary documents in the first round and met eligibility requirements, but did not receive a grant, do not need to reapply; your applications will be rolled over for consideration in the second round.

Click here to apply: https://careliefgrant.com/ 

A letter from First 5 Orange County President/CEO Kimberly Goll

Happy New Year!

With 2020 firmly in the rearview mirror, I look ahead to 2021 with clear eyes and great optimism. Last year we learned much about the needs of young children and families in Orange County. We learned where we could step up and do more. Most importantly, we learned just how much we have yet to learn.

And so, in 2021, First 5 Orange County resolves to learn more and to swiftly turn those lessons into action. We will get involved earlier in families’ lives, elevate equity, empower champions and align systems of care.

Getting Involved Early means working with our community partners, physicians, educators and parents to identify prenatal and early childhood needs and link children and families to resources and services, especially support for mental and developmental health issues.

In 2021, we will pilot programs to increase access to prenatal-to-3 services, including working with clinics to implement the Healthy Steps program, engaging fathers, coordinating home visiting services across platforms and providers and increasing access to maternal mental health resources and support for families that struggle with substance use disorder.

Elevating Equity involves codifying our growing understanding of equity, into investments and actions that directly impact Orange County.

In 2021, we will establish programs in partnership with stakeholders in Anaheim, Garden Grove, La Habra and Santa Ana to set young children in those communities on the path to reach their full potential. We will bolster our training efforts in 2021, educating our staff and consultants, with the goal of addressing racism, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Elevating equity also means listening to and elevating the voices of parents in our work, acknowledging parents are their child’s first teacher.

Empowering Champions is our way of strengthening and supporting parents, community leaders, public agencies and community organizations, encouraging them to co-create and advocate for solutions to pressing issues facing young children and families.

For example, some of the struggles of 2020 brought to light the challenges many families face in finding access to affordable, quality childcare, especially for infants and toddlers. We are using those lessons to Intensify our work and find likeminded advocates to help draw attention to the issue and work with us to find solutions.

Aligning Systems of Care has always been at the heart of what we do – building as many bridges as we can and removing as many barriers as possible to ensure every child in Orange County can reach their full potential. The past 12 months proved just how valuable those integrated systems of care can be for early childhood. Individually, each group or organization can do its small part, but together, we can weave a safety net through which no child is allowed to fall.

Among the bridges we will build in 2021, will be to support developmental and ACE screenings for all young children. We will work with partner agencies across Orange County to coordinate, integrate and align home visiting services to provide seamless and efficient interventions as early as possible for children and comprehensive support for families. We will work with our partners so that vulnerable families are more easily able to connect with health, housing, food and job support such as MediCal, CalWORKs, CalFresh, WIC, and free tax preparation and earned income tax credits.

My greatest hope is that you will join us. Just as the past year exposed the fissures in our society that need mending, this new year offers us the opportunity to make those repairs. But none of us can do this work alone. As we embark on a new year, I ask that you, my colleagues and community partners join in taking the lessons of 2020 and transforming them into the actions of 2021.

I wish you health, inspiration and the courage to take risks as we enter the new year together!

Kimberly Goll

First 5 Orange County President/CEO Kim Goll.
Photo by Steven Georges

Webinars available to help child care providers apply for COVID-19 relief funds

Applications are now being accepted for funding from the state of California for small businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19, including $500 million in grants.

The Orange County Department of Education is hosting two webinars to give information and help child care providers apply for funding. Spanish translation will be available.

The dates for the webinars are:

The deadline to apply for funding is Jan. 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $25,000. Depending on funding availability, there may be a second round of funding. Applicants who submitted their application and submitted all documentation in the first round do not need to reapply; qualified applications will be automatically rolled over into the next funding round for consideration.

For any further questions, please call the state of California’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-422-4255 or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development at (877) 345-4633.

Click here to attend.