Family Support Counselor – Request for Bids

POSITION POSTED: in the realm of Family Support Counseling services, expanding the type of services we’ve provided at our School Readiness sites in Oceano and Paso Robles. We’re looking for someone who is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has, at minimum, a Master’s Degree, and will be a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW); Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT); or Licensed Psychologist. Check out the request for bids below, and please help us spread the word!



April 2017 is All About Our Kids!

Join Us in Honoring Month of the Child/Child Abuse Prevention Month 2017!

(San Luis Obispo, CA) – Sound the kazoos for kids! Once again, the Central Coast is ready to celebrate children and families – during April: Month of the Child & Child Abuse Prevention Month.

First 5 SLO County, and all of its partners, invite you to save the date for just a few of many events dedicated to our youngest citizens, and honoring their value to our community.

SLO County Proclamation – Tuesday, April 4th - Time to be announced! Gov’t Center – 1055 Monterrey Street Room D-170: Join the community-wide commemoration, as the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors officially proclaim April as “Month of the Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month.”

Children’s Day in the Plaza - Saturday, April 8th – 10am-3pm – Mission Plaza – Downtown SLO: More than 70 community resource agencies, vendors and exhibitors across SLO County will be on site for this 39th annual fun family tradition that includes a variety of entertainment, activities and giveaways.

Nipomo Kids’ Day – Saturday, April 8th – 11am-2pm – Nipomo Community Park: Families can enjoy the annual Easter Egg Hunt along with bounce houses, entertainment, crafts, food booths, and youth activities.

Talk.Read.Sing. Express Makes Two Stops in SLO County – April 12th &13th: Karaoke, hand puppets, books for all ages, musical instruments and more will get those little ones’ neural connections firing away at First 5 California’s interactive traveling exhibit that is all about boosting brain development and promoting early literacy. Catch it at the SLO Central Library’s Newly Renovated Children’s Reading Area Wednesday, April 12th from 10am-2pm as well as the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market Thursday, April 13th from 6pm-9pm.

Oceano Children’s Day - Sunday, April 23rd – 1pm-3:30pm – Oceano Community Center: It’s another jam-packed jubilee of games, prizes, health screenings, child activities, and nutritious snacks. The Food Bank will also host a distribution and Children’s Farmers Market.

Atascadero Children’s Day in the Park – Saturday, April 22nd – 11am-3pm – Atascadero Lake Park: Take in all the usual fun stuff for families, complete with carnival wristbands and rides on the famed Elk’s Train! Learn about local resources and programs available to support children and families.

Paso Robles Day of the Child, Day of the Book – Sunday, April 30th – 1pm-3pm – Uptown Family Park: Together with Dia!.. In partnership with the Paso Robles City Library, help celebrate the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Free entertainment, crafts and activities  – plus the Bucket Busters!

Please join us and show your continued commitment to the children of San Luis Obispo County.. because a child is never along in a connected community!










Community Comes Together to Honor Heroes & Champions!

Celebration Honors the 2016 Hands-on Heroes and Champions of Youth!

(San Luis Obispo, CA – April 20th, 2016) Last nightSan Luis Obispo County once again showed its continued dedication to the care of its youngest citizens, with a wonderful turnout to honor the 2016 Hands-on Heroes and Champions of Youth!

More than 200 people gathered for an awards dinner at Mountainbrook Community Church, where First 5 SLO County Commission Chair Bruce Gibson opened the evening, by applauding our local communities’ collective commitment to children and youth – as our greatest asset and highest priority.

KSBY News Anchor Dan Shadwell emceed the event, which included performances by members of Central Coast Gymnastics, and “A Big Dream in a Small Person,” a theater and dance group from Paso Robles.

Winners and nominees received tributes from Congresswoman Lois Capps, the offices of Senator Bill Monning, Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, SLO County Board of Supervisors, First 5 SLO County, Early Learning for All and the Asset Development Network.

2016 Hands-on Heroes Winners (focused on 0-5 year olds):

Children’s Health Hero: Olga Mireles, Lactation Consultant/Registered Nurse, Dignity Health

Family Support: Marilu Gomez, School Readiness Coordinator, Georgia Brown Elementary

Center-Based Early Care & Education Hero: Kari Applegate, Master Teacher, Cal Poly Preschool Learning Lab

Family Child Care Hero: Carmen Flores, Director, Genesis Family Child Care

Volunteer: Vicki Cyr & Kathy Tyree, Oceano Library Branch Manager and Community Volunteer


2016 Champions of Youth (focused on all ages):

Champion of Youth (Youth): Katie Scarry, Youth Leader/Advocate with CAPSLO

Champion of Youth (Adult): Jose Rangel, Soccer Coach, San Luis Obispo County

Champion of Youth (Adult): Betian Webb, Director of Resident Services, Paso Robles Housing Authority

The evening also included a surprise “Champion for Children” Award presented to the volunteer organization Central Coast Funds for Children.

The event was held amidst a number of other community activities marking April as Month of the Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month, including “Wear Blue Day” for Child Abuse Prevention Efforts and a county-wide Children’s Day in the Plaza as other family-focused local community events.

Please join us in congratulating our winners!

The Hands-on Heroes Awards Program is a joint project of First 5 SLO County and Early Learning for All (ELFA). The Champions of Youth awards are organized by the Asset Development Network.

Sponsors and supporting agencies include the Center for Family Strengthening, the San Luis Obispo County Child Care Planning Council, the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County,  Asset Development Network, SLO County Board of Supervisors, Coast Hills Federal Credit Union, Heritage Oaks Bank, Cuesta College, the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation and KSBY-TV.