First 5 Orange County is committed to supporting early development of children ages 0-5 and of embracing making a system-level impact to ensure kids grow up happy, healthy and ready for kindergarten.
As part of that function, First 5 Orange County takes an active role in enriching parent
involvement and resources, encouraging innovation and investing in systems of care that benefit the whole child.
Below are resources for providers that also serve to optimize young children’s
health and development by promoting the importance of early childhood.
EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT
As we head into the second year of an unprecedented pandemic, thousands of Orange County’s most vulnerable families continue to struggle financially as a result of job losses or drastically reduced work hours. Imagine what a few extra thousand dollars would mean to them.
With your help, working families can benefit from state and federal cash-back tax credits that can put anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars back in their pockets. The credits are available through the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a new Young Child Tax Credit and the federal EITC. And in 2021 for the first time, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) filers are eligible for CalEITC.
Please talk to the families you serve about these vitally important tax credits. Once again this year, Orange County United Way is partnering with the IRS to provide low-income families with free tax preparation and awareness about these credits, in an effort to help them keep more of their hard-earned money. The assistance is being provided through OC United Way’s OC Free Tax Prep program as part of their United for Financial Security initiative. Last year the program served 14,200 clients and made a positive economic countywide impact of $17.6 million.
Help us direct families to OCFreeTaxPrep.com — a trusted community resource serving Orange County since 2005. Filing a tax return by the April 15, 2021 deadline is the only way to claim these tax credits.
PERINATAL SUBSTANCE USE FOR PN-3 PROVIDERS
Recognizing perinatal substance use disorder as a significant consideration when addressing perinatal mental health system-wide, First 5 Orange County adapted a series of short videos originally produced in Florida, as a resource for local healthcare and other prenatal-to-3 service providers. The videos demonstrate recommended screening and intervention strategies for perinatal substance use, appropriate language and attitudes to reduce stigma, the use of motivational interviewing, and how to establish a Plan of Safe Care in order to keep mother and baby together safely upon discharge from the hospital. Partners are encouraged to utilize the videos when training staff or offering education to their clients.
Please refer to page 15 of the Orange County Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit for available substance use screening tools and local recovery resources.
After watching the videos, please share your feedback by taking a short survey. Contact us through this survey if you are interested in customizing this video for your area.
Plan of Safe Care Role Play:
From Judgement to Healing:
Getting Real About Substance Use Disorder:
SBIRT Role Play:
For Medication Assisted Treatment in Orange County, call:
- MAT Connect: (714) 352-5990, option 3
- Orange County Beneficiary Access Line: (800) 723-8641
For a listing of additional treatment programs, visit:
For more information on assisting mothers and infants exposed to substances please see the resources below:
- Mother and Baby Substance Exposure Initiative Toolkit: NAStoolkit.org
- Mother and Baby Substance Exposure Initiative webinars and educational videos: addictionfreeca.org/Resource-Library/Mom-Baby-Substance-Exposure-Initiative